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May 20, 2008 at 10:49 AM

Feeling a draft?

The NBA Draft Lottery is tonight and I just can’t make myself care about it.
From a professional standpoint, this is the first time since 2004 the Huskies don’t have any projected first-round picks — Nate Robinson in 2005, Brandon Roy in 2006 and Spencer Hawes last year in case you’d forgotten — so I don’t have to pay strict attention for any of those reasons.
And from a personal standpoint, I just can’t get worked up over how it may impact the Sonics with all the uncertainty there even though the first pro game I ever saw was a Seattle-San Francisco Warriors game at the Coliseum in 1970 and I fell asleep a lot of nights of my youth listening to Bob Blackburn interview guys like Dick Snyder or Fred Brown or Lee Winfield on the post-game show.
But the lottery means the draft is coming, a draft that as we’ve noted here before could be historic for the Pac-10. The conference has never had more than five players taken in the first round — last happening in 1995 when Damon Stoudamire, Ed O’Bannon, Brent Barry, George Zidek (really, George Zidek?) and Mario Bennett were taken. The only other year it happened is 1979.
But if draft projections are to be believed, as many as eight Pac-10 players could go in the first round this year.
The mock draft by NBADraft.net lists O.J. Mayo, Jerryd Bayless, Brook Lopez, Kevin Love, Chase Budinger, Robin Lopez, Russell Westbrook and Davon Jefferson all as first-rounders. HoopsHype.com lists all but Jefferson as first-rounders.
Of those players, Budinger seems the only one anyone really thinks could return to college, though the buzz seems to be that the chances of him staying in the draft are getting stronger by the day.
The Pac-10 player most on the fence now is Cal’s Ryan Anderson, who had sometimes been listed in first-round projections by NBADraft.net earlier this year. But they’ve now moved him to their 2009 projection, indicating they think he’s staying for another year — you’ll note UW’s Jon Brockman is the last pick of their 2009 projection, 60th overall behind even Gonzaga’s Micah Downs, which seems a little surprising.
As for Anderson, however, he says he has yet to make his decision, telling Cal beat writer Jeff Faraudo recently he plans to go through the whole pre-draft process and then make up his mind shortly before the June 16 deadline.
NEGEDU RELEASED — Arizona has released recruit Emmanuel Negedu from his letter-of-intent.

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