Middle Tennessee State made the NCAA tournament for the first time in 24 years in Bruce Massey’s senior season.
Massey, a 6-3 guard who graduated from Seneca Valley High School in Germantown, Md., is facing long odds of reaching his next goal to make it to the NBA.
He participated in two individual workouts for the Wizards at Verizon Center last week that included Otto Porter (Georgetown). No other team has called to see the Sun Belt Conference defensive player of the year in action.
“It’s a little difficult,” Massey said about getting a chance to prove himself. “It was a good experience to work with two different groups.”
Massey only was recruited locally, by Towson and Morgan State, because he was undersized. He spent two seasons at a junior college in Dodge City, Kan., where he had a growth spurt before moving on to Middle Tennessee. He averaged only 6.6 points and 3.3 assists and 42.4% shooting this past season.
His name likely won’t get called during two rounds of the June 27 draft, but Massey is content to make it the hard way.
“Hopefully I get some more workouts with different teams and get a spot on somebody’s summer league team in Vegas or Orlando,” he said. “It all depends.”
The glaring deficiency in Massey’s game is his offense.
“Numbers don’t lie. My offensive efficiency in college really wasn’t up to par with most players. But it’s something I’m working on,” he said. “Picking up on offense is a lot easier than trying to become a great defensive player. My defense is there.
“At this level its learning how to read and react a lot quicker. It’s being able to force a man a certain way to your help side. In college you’re basically playing one-on-one, just stopping the ball and disrupting the other team’s offense.”