Ogilvy feeling Draft

Ogilvy feeling Draft

Australian centre AJ Ogilvy is one small step closer to knowing his future after the National Basketball Association held its 2010 Draft Lottery in Secaucus, New Jersey Tuesday night.

Ogilvy, a Boomers' squad member, will have been watching the Lottery with interest after deciding to forgo his senior college season at Vanderbilt University and instead nominate for the NBA Draft.

Whilst Ogilvy is currently projected as a late second round draft pick rather than one of the 14 first round lottery selections, the order of teams selecting in the top part of the draft usually has a major impact on how the lower half pans out.

The Washington Wizards won the draft lottery, moving up from the No. 5 spot to earn the top pick in next month's draft, when it will likely choose between Kentucky freshman John Wall and national player of the year Evan Turner of Ohio State.

Irene Pollin, widow of Wizards long-time owner Abe Pollin who died last November, represented Washington at the Lottery wearing her late husband's 1978 championship ring on her hand and was clearly shocked when the Wizards moved up to win the top pick.

"This is very, very special. I have been in this my entire adult life and to be here, representing my husband, this is very special to me tonight," Irene Pollin said. "I think it's the culmination of my husband's dream because he wanted another ring and maybe this will get us another ring."

The Philadelphia 76ers, another disappointment this season, moved up from the sixth spot to grab the No. 2 pick. The Nets continued the run of failure by teams with the best chance of winning, falling to the third.

The 2010 NBA Draft will be held at 7:00PM (US ET) on June 24 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.  In all, 60 players will be drafted by NBA teams, with only the 30 first round selections receiving guaranteed NBA contracts.

Ogilvy is currently mooted as the possible second last (59th) pick by respected website DraftExpress in their mock draft, which would see the young New South Welshman be picked up by the Orlando Magic.

The Indiana Pacers is another team that could potentially select Ogilvy, with one high-profile Indiana fan site tabbing the 21-year-old as a potential pick with the Pacers’ 57th selection.

Ogilvy is expected to travel to the US in June to participate in a number of pre-draft workouts for NBA teams.

Click here to see the full 2010 NBA Draft order.

By Marc Howard for nbl.com.au
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