Friday, June 27, 2008

FOUR ACC HOOPSTERS DRAFTED

Keeping the streak of NBA first round draft choices from ACC schools allowed, N.C. State’s J.J. Hickson was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 19th pick of last night’s NBA draft. Hickson (6-9, 240), who brought major talent as a freshmen to Raleigh, seemed to be a chemistry problem for Coach Sidney Lowe’s Wolfpack.

Joining Hickson in the NBA draft pool were UVa’s Sean Singletary, Maryland’s James Gist and Virginia Tech’s Deron Washington. What do the three have in common? They all seniors, and all were drafted in the second round.

While Singletary seemed to be the forgotten man during ACC draft talk, he was the first ACC guy to go in round two – 12th or 42nd overall to the Sacramento Kings. The 6-0, 184 Singletary is undersized to say the least and is projected to be a back-up point guard. Nobody can doubt his toughness or his will to win and that is always welcome on NBA squads.

With the 57th pick overall, San Antonio picked up Terp James Gist. Gist (6-9, 220) gets picked based on his athleticism and his ability to run the floor. Most experts expect the Spurs to send him to the D-League for development.

With the next-to-last pick (59th overall), the Detroit Pistons grabbed Hokie Deron Washington. Washington is considered to be one of the most athletic (if not one of the most undisciplined) guards in the draft. He has the physical skills to make it, but he will have to improve many elements of his game (mainly his jump shot).

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