Huskies’ streak of players chosen in NBA draft might end
The Washington Huskies have had at least one player chosen in the NBA draft back to 2009 but that streak will end this year unless Abdul Gaddy or Aziz N’Diaye are chosen.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Jon Brockman didn’t know he was starting a trend when the Portland Trail Blazers nabbed him early in the second round of the 2009 NBA draft.
In the past four years, a Washington Husky has been selected in the draft and Brockman is hoping the streak continues.
“You’d like to see that thing keep going,” said Brockman, who was traded on draft night to Sacramento. “It’s a nice little streak. I’d like to see it get to 10, 11 or 12 years. Why not? This program has proven it can produce NBA players.”
If Washington’s streak is going to continue, then Abdul Gaddy or Aziz N’Diaye will have to buck the odds at 4 p.m. Thursday and surprise the draft experts who predict a quiet night for the Huskies.
Neither former UW standout was invited to the NBA combine and they don’t appear on the any of the major mock drafts.
ESPN’s Chad Ford ranks Gaddy the 29th point guard prospect and 137th overall. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder is a young 21, considering he started Washington when he was 17 and missed half a season with a knee injury.
During workouts with Oklahoma City, Detroit and the Los Angeles Lakers, Gaddy drew praise for his basketball intellect, size and poise.
However, there was concern about his athleticism.
“What I’m hearing about him more than anything is can he not only get a shot for himself, but can he get create shots for others?” said an Eastern Conference scout. “Then you wonder if he’s quick enough to stay in front of guys at the NBA level.”
N’Diaye initially generated buzz when he was selected to play in the Portsmouth Invitational, a postseason showcase for college seniors.
The 7-foot, 25-year-old center visited Sacramento and Golden State.
“Whatever happens, I’ll have options,” N’Diaye, a native of Senegal, said weeks ago. “After the draft, I’ll have a better idea of what’s going to happen. Whether that includes the (NBA Developmental League) or playing overseas, I don’t know.
“First and foremost, I’m concentrating on the NBA. My dream is to play in the NBA.”
Each of the 12 NBA players who starred for coach Lorenzo Romar appeared in Sunday’s UW Alumni Game.
“I would tell those guys what I tell all the young guys, which is just work hard at it and give it everything you’ve got,” said Quincy Pondexter, who was taken 26th overall in 2010. “You never want to look back and say, ‘I could have done more.’
“And I know those guys are working hard. It’s going to happen for them one way or another.”
• Former Franklin High School star Peyton Siva, who won a 2013 national title at Louisville, is projected as a second-round pick.
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