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June 25, 2009 at 10:01 PM

Brockman ecstatic over selection

As might be expected, Jon Brockman was a pretty happy former Husky tonight, finally having his immediate NBA future secured.
Here’s our updated story with quotes from Brockman and Lorenzo Romar, who was at the Brockman house for a little selection night party.
As you can read the story, Brockman said he was “overwhelmed” by the thought of being taken in the NBA Draft and being reunited with Spencer Hawes.
Brockman also dispelled the notion that there had been any kind of deal. Instead, he explained his hideway of the last few months as merely a ploy by his agents to enhance his draft status in the wake of his impressive performance at the Portsmouth tournament, where his stock began to rise.
“They really believed that being that forbidden fruit that was almost that one thing that they can’t have would work in my favor, and it did,” Brockman said.
Romar noted that the Kings were among the teams with scouts at Portsmouth, though he said he Sacramento scouts often viewed UW games the last few years (interestingly, the Kings also inquired about whether Romar would be interested in coaching them a few years ago before he said no).
Romar said that while rebounding is Brockman’s obvious asset, he said the Kings “drafted him because they knew he could do more than that.” He said specifically that the Kings were also impressed with the way Brockman runs the floor and can finish plays and just his overall intangibles.
After going 17-65 last year, the Kings need help everywhere, so Brockman would seem to have a good opportunity. Sacramento’s starting power forward last year was rookie Jason Thompson, who interestingly battled with Brockman for the NCAA rebounding lead much of the 2007-08 season — a battle ultimately won by Thompson, who was second in the nation at 12.1 per game with Brockman finishing third at 11.6 (Michael Beasley was first at 12.4)
Brockman noted that he got to know some of the Kings’ players when he visited Hawes in Sacramento shortly after the end of the college season. He said he also got to know the city a little bit and likes the fact it’s a short plane ride from home.
“I’m unbelievably pumped about living in Sacramento,” he said, noting he plans to get his own place separate from Hawes.
Some of his enthusiasm may be rubbing off on the guys at Sactownroyalty.com, who after initially dumping on the pick now are defending the selection.
Here’s another report on it from GoHuskies.com as well as their quotes from their teleconference tonight.
ESPN.com’s Chad Ford, meanwhile, says that Sacramento’s pick of Brockman shows that the Kings “are clearly on a toughness kick.” He writes further that the pick of Brockman and several others acquired recently, including lottery pick Tyreke Evans “should put a serious dent in Sacramento’s ‘soft’ label.”

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