Thursday, June 26, 2008

T’Wolves Take Mayo At Three

The Miami heat ended the week long debate over the direction the team would take, when they chose Kansas State’s Michael Beasley with the second overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, after rumors surfaced that they would opt for O.J. Mayo. Minnesota didn’t hesitate, and on cue, they selected the USC guard with the third selection.

Mayo was followed by back to back Bruins. Russell Westbrook, one of the least celebrated UCLA players, surprisingly went fourth to the Seattle Sonics, with their biggest star of 2007, Kevin Love, selected by Memphis at five.

In all, 5 freshmen have been chosen among the first 7 picks, shedding more light on an NBA early entry rule that kept them from jumping into the league last year. Russell Westbrook (sophomore) and Danilo Gallinari (Italy) represent the two selections that were not first year college players. By the way, the Knicks selected Gallinari with the sixth pick, and he was greeted with boos from the New York crowd at the Radio City Music Hall.

1. Chicago Bulls- Derrick Rose, Memphis
2. Miami Heat- Michael Beasley, Kansas State
3. Minnesota T’Wolves- O.J Mayo, USC
4. Seattle Sonics- Russell Westbrook, UCLA
5. Memphis Grizzlies- Kevin Love, UCLA
6. New York Knicks, Danilo Gallinari, Italy
7. L.A Clippers- Eric Gordon, Indiana

Updates coming as the draft moves on.

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