Daily Archives: January 23, 2013
Article By: Jason Marcum
Warford was one of Kentucky’s few bright spots over the last few years.
While all the talk right now is how to get the Kentucky basketball team moving in the right direction, it’s easy to overlook the NFL Senior Bowl occurring this week. Every year, many of college football’s top seniors gather in Mobile, Alabama to showcase their abilities to NFL scouts in hopes of hearing their names called early in April’s NFL Draft.
Kentucky’s own Larry Warford is among the many prospects there, and he is drawing rave reviews for his performance, leading some scouts to speculate that he could hear his name called in the first-round of the draft, a feat not accomplished by a UK player since Dewayne Robertson did so as the 4th-overall pick of the 2003 NFL Draft by the New York Jets.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper calls Warford one of the most underrated prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft.
“He has been very underrated because he plays at Kentucky. He’s big, athletic and he can move and pull. He’s another 330-pounder that plays with strength and leverage. To me, he’s a second- or third-round possibility.”
Coming into the 2012 season, Warford was actually being projected as a first-round talent, but as with many prospects on losing teams, his stock fell as UK suffered through a disastrous 2-10 campaign marred by a constant quarterback-shuffle, making it hard to see the impact Warford had along the offensive line. Now that he’s in the Senior Bowl, scouts are getting a front-row view of his immense talent, and he’s likely to hear his name called within the first two rounds of April’s draft.
Learn the name of Skal Labissiere and don’t forget it.
Do currently have an official list of schools you’re considering and if so who is on it?
No I do not currently have a list.
What schools would you say are recruiting you the hardest?
Kentucky and Memphis are coming at my the hardest.
Kentucky rarely offers scholarships to players as early as they have with you. And you’re currently the only player in the class of 2015 to hold an offer. How does that make you feel to receive one so early?
It makes me feel really good.
Karl Towns Jr. was originally in the class of 2015 before deciding to reclassify to 2014 when he committed to Kentucky. Have you considered that and is there a chance you might reclassify as well?
No I haven’t considered and no I won’t reclassify.
You’re listed at 6’9″ but only a sophomore. Are you still growing and do the doctors have an idea of how tall you might be?
Not sure if I will grow anymore, but I’m already at 6-foot-10 without shoes on.
From watching your workout video on YouTube it’s easy to see that you are very determined and a hard worker. How do you stay focused what what is your motivation?
My motivation is my family and the fact that I have the opportunity to represent my home country.
What are some of your goals/dreams with the game of basketball?
Win an NCAA title. Become an NBA lottery pick. Be a really good mentor and spokesperson.
If you had to choose a college today where would you go?
I’m not sure just yet, it’s a hard decision.
You have a great jump shot with good range which is unusual for a big man. How often are you working on your jumper?
I am trying to work everyday on my jump shot during practice.
What was it like to grow up in Haiti and how was playing there different from here?
I had a good time growing up there with all my family and friends….. Basketball was faster, more physical, and a lot more structured. USA ball is definitely different.
How difficult has it been to adjust to the American culture since you’ve moved here from Haiti?
Difficult at first…. Language, food, and different American lifestyle. It as been tough, but I have adjusted.
Are you aware the of the ‘Hoops For Haiti’ telethon that Kentucky coach John Calipari and his basketball team did back in January of 2010. that raised $1.2 Million for those affected by the earthquake including you and your family? And how does that make you feel?
It is great because Haiti needs all the help they can get.