Around the Hall: NBA Draft reaction

  • 06/27/2008 6:56 am in

A pair of Hoosiers landed in the first round in Thursday’s NBA Draft. Eric Gordon became the first top 10 pick out of IU since Calbert Cheaney in 1993, going No. 7 to the Los Angeles Clippers. Birmingham native D.J. White was selected with the 29th overall pick by the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons then traded White to the Seattle Supersonics for two second-round picks. We’ve gathered some links to coverage and reaction from the draft and look forward to your comments.

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  • Johninmi

    Don't forget about the former IU player Patrick Ewing, Jr being selected 43rd in the draft.

  • JerryCT

    Wow. What a difference a day makes. I can hardly keep up so I collected a bunch of bulletts

    ITH Birthday :
    This is the only site of any kind I participate in thanks to ITH and the contributors for making it a standard part of my day

    Draft: Very interesting stuff , good luck to EJ, DJ and “loser” Pacers

    Greenspan : I feel the additional charge by the NCAA was the last straw since this lands squarely on the AD. No matter what he had to go

    NCAA: Addign this charge sets them up to spin any penalties as “institutional” and not really penalties on innocent players and coaches ( BS of course ) . Also it sounds like we have another hearing to answer this ????

    Isn't Rivers a 2008 signee for scholarship purposes even though he can only play in '09 ?

  • JerryCT

    Any news as to why Story's verbal is still a “verbal”. Is this NCAA related ?

  • He can't sign a LOI. The signing period has ended.

  • hoosiergal

    I was thrilled to see DJ go in the first round. He definitely deserved this. I thought EJ might of went a little higher but #7 isn't nothing to sneeze at either. Best Wishes and Good Luck to EJ and DJ!

  • RobertSchell

    Just curious, as I've been thinking about the draft….but, was Jay Edwards the last Hoosier to be drafted by the Clippers about 20 years ago or so?

    I know both have their similarities (both 6'4″ guards, Big 10 Freshman of the Year, set records in their college career, could shoot the ball rather well – 20 ppg, etc.)…..but wasn't sure if there were any since Edwards to be drafted by the Clippers…

  • ALH_00

    God, I hope it turns out better for EJ than Edwards…I remember JE mope up and down the floor for FW's CBA team (can't even remember the name). He could always jack the 3-ball though.

    I think EJ has the desire to be successful…whether the Clippers do is another question.

  • Here's my predictions:

    Gordon: He'll be ok, maybe even be a starter in a few years but never reach the elite level. He couldn't dominate in college, he sure won't in the NBA.

    White: Doubt he'll ever make the roster. He'll bounce around in the D league for a while and then disappear. Like the guy a lot but he's too slow and not athletic enough to make in the league.

    On the Greenspan topic, good riddance he should have been fired long ago. I don't blame the NCAA, IU should have taken care of its own house but instead did nothing so the NCAA stepped in. IU's position was crazy, Sampson was 100% responsible for the whole mess and the university couldn't have done anything to prevent it…BS. Sampson may have been the main problem but the Athletic department did not do enough monitoring to ensure compliance.

  • MPmike

    Jay had some bad outside influences that halted his career. Also, he was drafted very low- I believe in the 2nd round after two years at IU which was a mistake coming out early. Jay did not have the maturity factor, such as Eric, to blossom in the NBA. If Jay would have stayed one more year and got rid of the bad people around him then he would have became a star in the NBA.

  • MPmike

    Yeah, He should not have been drafted at all. That was a waste of a 2nd round pick. 6.1 pts and 4.2 rebounds is not having a good year or worthy to be considered for the NBA draft.
    If he did not have his dad's name then he would not play in the NBA at all.

    Heck, Rod Wilmont is a much better player overall-at least he can score and get rebounds.

  • MPmike

    Yeah, He should not have been drafted at all. That was a waste of a 2nd round pick. 6.1 pts and 4.2 rebounds is not having a good year or worthy to be considered for the NBA draft.
    If he did not have his dad's name then he would not play in the NBA at all.

    Heck, Rod Wilmont is a much better player overall-at least he can score and get rebounds.