The NBA draft is tonight in New York. Clemson forward Trevor Booker is probably the only player with state ties that has a legitimate shot of hearing his name called tonight. Booker will more than likely be selected in the second round, although some people think he has a shot to slip into the first round.
None of the draft projections I have seen have listed Booker in the first round. Then again, not many people expected Renaldo Balkman to go in the first round a few years ago either.
Former USC point guard Devon Downey would like to hear his name called tonight too. Chances are he won’t be selected and that may not be a bad thing.
With only two rounds in the NBA draft, players selected in the latter part of the second round often have a hard time making the team. Only first rounders are locks to get the coveted three year contract. Early second rounders usually do O.K., but the middle to late second rounders often end up in the NBDL.
Rather than be selected late by a team that may not want him around long term it may suit Downey better to find a good fit via free agency. Certainly there will be teams willing to give him a shot.
Tonight’s draft is in New York and starts at 7:00.