Mims Possible Pick in NBA Draft
HATTIESBURG, Miss. ? When the National Basketball Association conducts its annual draft Wednesday night in New York, the name of Southern Miss' Elvin Mims just might be on the list of draftees.
The 6-foot-5, 205-pound senior from Century, Fla., is considered by many to be one of the top players at his position. Mims is listed by ESPN.com as the No. 9 shooting guard available in the draft.
Mims, a Third Team All-Conference USA selection in 2002, has been impressive in several workouts with NBA teams and hopes to be the first Southern Miss player taken in the draft since Kelly McCarty in 1999.
During his senior season, Mims led the Golden Eagles in a number of categories, including points scored (472), scoring average (18.9), rebounding average (7.8) and three-point field goals made (41). He also became the first Southern Miss player to score 35 points in a game since 1995 and surpassed the 30-point mark three times last season.
For his career at Southern Miss, Mims scored 772 points, averaging 14.0 points per game, and grabbed 359 rebounds, averaging 6.5 per game.
The Golden Eagles finished with a 10-17 overall record and a 4-12 C-USA record last season. In 2001, Mims helped Southern Miss to a 22-9 overall record and an 11-5 conference mark, as well as a share of the regular season C-USA title.