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June 27, 2006

Will draft day be historic for Huskies?

Posted by Bob Condotta at 12:25 PM

Bobby Jones is set to work out for Sacramento today, the conclusion of what has apparently been a very productive month of workouts for the former Husky forward.

In fact, people close to the UW program and Jones insist there remains a chance he could be taken in the first round of tomorrow's draft.

Teams they cite as interested enough in Jones to be considering him that highly are Dallas, the Knicks, Cleveland and Sacramento.

It calls to mind what Lorenzo Romar told us here a few weeks ago that he thinks people "will be surprised at how high he gets pick.''

With Brandon Roy a certain lottery pick, it makes it possible that the Huskies could have two players taken in the first round of the draft for the first time in school history.

Some could argue it happened a year ago when Martell Webster and Nate Robinson were each taken in the first round. But though Webster signed with UW, he never played for the Huskies and I would argue that shouldn't really count.

Here's a chart we put together a few days ago of UW's first-round draft picks and a few notable others.


Bob Houbregs, No. 3, Milwaukee, 1953 —Back injury derailed NBA career after five seasons.
Detlef Schrempf, No. 8, Dallas, 1985 —Went on to have the most productive pro career of any UW graduate.
Jack Nichols, No. 12, Washington, 1948 —Played nine years and won a title with the 1957 Celtics.
Chris Welp, No. 16, Philadelphia, 1987 —Averaged 2.4 points in three seasons before heading overseas.
Nate Robinson, No. 21, New York Knicks, 2005 —Erratic rookie season but got invited to White House Correspondents Dinner.


Todd MacCulloch —Center was taken in the second round (No. 47 overall) by Philadelphia in 1999.
James Edwards —Center was taken in third round (No. 46 overall) by Lakers in 1977.
Lorenzo Romar —Seventh-round pick by Golden State in 1980.
Louie Nelson —Guard was taken in second round with No. 19 pick by Capital (Washington) Bullets in 1974.
Steve Hawes —Center was taken in second round (No. 24 overall) by Cleveland in 1972.


We've heard this a lot that there is no way Roy will slip past Minnesota at No. 6 since coach Dwane Casey is a big fan of Roy's from his days as a Sonics assistant.

Here's the St. Paul Pioneer Press hinting at the same thing in today's paper.