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May 8, 2006 at 12:52 PM

Brandon Roy preparing for NBA Draft

A few times each summer, when there isn’t much going on with the UW football or basketball teams, they ask me to help cover the Mariners.
But the Huskies seem to follow me around even there.
I showed up Friday night at Safeco Field only to learn that Brandon Roy would be throwing out the first pitch.
That left me no choice but to track him down and see what he’s up to.
So after he tossed what appeared to be a strike to Rene Rivera, I cornered Brandon for a few minutes — he was with his father, Tony, and planned to watch the rest of the game.
He had flown into Seattle earlier in the day from Los Angeles, where he is currently spending his weekdays preparing for the NBA draft, working out with other players who have also signed with agent Arn Tellem. That group includes Duke’s J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams and Stanford’s Matt Haryasz.
Roy said a typical day includes a workout from 9-11 a.m., followed by weight lifting and then lunch and some down time. Then they return to the court for another workout from 6-8 p.m.
Roy plans to keep up that schedule, working out in LA during the week and returning home to Seattle for the weekends, until the NBA Draft Lottery on May 23. Then, once the draft order is clear, he will begin having individual workouts with teams.
“It’s a chance to play against a lot of players I’ve competed against and heard a lot about, so it’s fun,” Roy said of his trips to LA. “But it’s good work and it’s all business. We are all trying to get to the NBA, so it’s worth it.”
There’s no doubt that Roy will get to the NBA, the only questions are which team will take him and with which pick in the lottery.
Roy is generally pegged at somewhere between 5-8 in most mock drafts, such as this one.
He might wish, however, that Oregonian columnist John Canzano was running a team. Canzano wrote in his blog last week that he would pick Roy first if he were an NBA general manager.
Roy said that “right now, every team in the top 10 is very high on me, so that’s pretty cool. At this stage, that’s really good. But I’m trying not to worry about what teams are saying and just keep working hard and keep playing hard and know that if I do that, everything will take care of itself, just like it has done my whole career.”
Roy said he’s not feeling any nerves — yet.
“It’s still too far away for that,” he said. “I will be nervous [come draft time] but everybody is saying really good things and being really positive. Maybe if people were like ‘we really don’t know,’ then I would. But people are saying ‘we really like Brandon Roy and we hope he’s available when we are picking.’ When you hear stuff like that, you’re not as nervous. It’s exciting more than anything.”
Roy isn’t the only Husky preparing for the future. Bobby Jones and Mike Jensen are in town and work out most days at UW with Tom Newell, a longtime NBA assistant coach and scout and noted teacher of the game. Newell, some of you may remember, actually was head coach of the Sonics for one game in 1989 on an interim basis.



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