Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Another Gator Tri-fecta?

Once again the Florida Gators stand on the doorstep of history. Tomorrow the NBA Draft will take place. There has never been a draft that saw three teammates taken in the first ten picks. The 1976 Indiana Hoosiers had three in the first 11 picks. They won the NCAA Championship. North Carolina had four in the top 14 picks in 2005. Both of these schools are basketball powerhouses, coached by legends.

Greg Oden and Kevin Durant are locks for the first two picks. Unless the Portland Trailblazers pull another Sam Bowie out of the air. Boy was that a gaff, or what? For those of you who live under a rock, they passed on Mr. Michael Jeffery Jordan.

This year Al Horford could go as high as #3 to the Atlanta Hawks, and Corey Brewer could go to the Boston Celtics at #5. Both of these guys could be as big an impact as Oden or Durant. Joakim Noah will go not too far down after his teammates. That could make three of the first ten picks Gators. This would be more historical than their repeat in the NCAA Tournament.

Since 1957, when the modern draft began, Florida has only produced six first rounders: 1969's Neal Walk, 1990's Dwayne Schintzius, 1998's Jason Williams, 2000's Mike Miller, and Donnell Harvey, and David Lee in 2005. Your now saying who? There have been only 24 Gators drafted in the past 50 years.

Taurean Green’s workouts have possibly moved him into the first round. Chris Richards, and Lee Humphreys look to be in taken in the second round. They represent the starting 5th and the 6th man.

If you said this of Kentucky, or Indiana the fans would be jumping out of their skin. In Florida, its just another great day to be a FLORIDA GATOR!

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