In the already very guard-heavy NBA D-League, it's sometimes difficult for relatively unknown floor generals and respective sharpshooters to break in and make enough of a mark to warrant consideration for a call-up to a higher level of competition, regardless of whether that's considered the NBA or a more competitive market overseas.
Nevertheless, that's exactly what former NJIT combo-guard Chris Flores is hoping to do. Undeterred, the young gun has declared for the 2015 NBA D-League Draft, RidiculousUpside.com has learned.
Before going on to play professionally in Germany (Uni-Riesen Leipzig of the Bundesliga Pro-B League), Flores initially began his rise by standing out as one of NJIT's best formers. The Massachusetts native is the all-time leader for both points and assists in the school's post Division I history. From 2010-13, he was a four-time All-Conference Selection of the Great West.
Though he was tasked with being a primary scorer at NJIT, Flores' ability to run the floor will have to be more prevalent in the D-League. Luckily for him, however, where he really shines is on the defensive end. After averaging 2.4 steals as a senior, Flores has only continued to develop defensively as a professional, displaying mature instincts and the type of determination necessary to guard both fellow ones and potentially stronger and taller twos. He has good footwork and is agile enough to stay in front of his man and adequately defend an opponent's respective path to the basket. This could potentially bode well for him on the D-League level.
Upon completing his collegiate career, Flores was active during pre-draft workouts in 2013, auditioning for the Nets, among others.