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June 10, 2008 at 1:15 PM

Pac-10 draft update

The NBA Draft is 16 days away, and it continues to look as it if will be a record-setting year for the Pac-10.
The latest mock drafts from some of the more reputable sources in that area all have at least six Pac-10 players going in the first round, with two listing eight.
Here are the mock drafts in question:
— First, ESPN’s Chad Ford;
HoopsHype.com;
— and NBADraft.net.
Two of the agree that Pac-10 players will be picked 3-4-5 in the first round — O.J. Mayo third, Jerryd Bayless fourth to Seattle, and Kevin Love fifth. HoopsHype.com lists Brook Lopez third, and then Bayless, Love and Mayo.
HoopsHype also lists Robin Lopez, Chase Budinger, Russell Westbrook and DeVon Hardin going in the first round, while NBADraft.net lists all of that group but Hardin, but also throws in Ryan Anderson, while Ford lists
the Lopez twins plus Westbrook.
As I detailed last month, the Pac-10 has never had more than five first-round picks, happening most recently in 1995.
NBADraft.net also predicts that 12 Pac-10 players will be taken overall, which would be another record since the draft shrunk to two rounds in 1989. The record since then is 11 in 2001, a year when only two were taken in the first round but nine in the second.
With most reports I’ve seen indicating Budinger will stay in the draft, the most intrigue involving a Pac-10 player revolves around Anderson. If he stays, Cal has to be considered a legit contender to finish in the top four of the conference next year. Without him, not so much.
Andy Katz of ESPN.com writes in his blog today (available only through the Insider package) that Anderson is “still on the fence” and likely won’t make his decision until right before the deadline to pull out, which is Monday.
UCLA’s Luc Richard Mbah a Moute also remains undecided.

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