The 2012 NBA Draft Combine presented an opportunity for Weber State point guard Damian Lillard to show off his skills to NBA scouts and executives in drills against other first-round PG prospects like Kendall Marshall and Tony Wroten, and he clearly made the most of it. Lillard was "the real star of the Draft Combine," according to ESPN's Chad Ford, as he dazzled in drills, shot well, flashed good athleticism, nailed the interview process and measured out very similar to former NBA MVP Derrick Rose.
Ford goes so far as to say Lillard's measurements are "eerily similar" to Rose's. Lillard is 6-1 3/4 tall without shoes (Rose 6-1 1/2), he recorded a 6-7 3/4 wingspan (Rose hit 6-8) and both players reached a 40-inch max vertical. Comparisons to a player as accomplished as Rose might be going a bit too far, but Lillard is likely a lottery pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Ford pegs his draft range as somewhere from No. 6 (Portland Trail Blazers) to No. 13 (Phoenix Suns).