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June 28, 2006

Happy Huskies on draft day

Posted by Bob Condotta at 11:23 PM

I'm not sure the draft could have worked out much better for the Washington Huskies Wednesday.
Sure, Brandon Roy could have gone a little higher.

But he sure sounded happy to be in Portland. And having watched the draft at his family's party at his grandmother's house in the Beacon Hill area of Seattle, I can personally attest to how happy they are about it, as well.

"We really wanted him to stay close," said Renee Roy, one of Brandon Roy's aunts who helped organize the celebration that was also attended by members of the families of Nate Robinson and Jamal Crawford. "He's so deserving of this."

And while there was a longshot hope that Bobby Jones might sneak into the first round, I think No. 37 in the second round - and going to a team that traded for him and, thus, will feel that much more invested in him - is about as good as could have really been hoped.

"That they wanted to trade for me shows that they are interested in me a lot," Jones said. "They know what my strengths are, and that's to play defense and bring energy and rebounding, and I hear that's a lot of the things lacking on their team."

Jones said he and Roy had a quick phone conversation after the draft "and we just said 'we are in the NBA now.' I was happy to get to share the experience with him."

The B-Roy Family and Friends Party, as they called it, was - as might be expected - much like Brandon himself - dignified, classy and respectful.

All gathered around the TV when the picks were made, obviously hoping to hear Brandon's name.

But on each of the first five picks, when his name wasn't called, they still clapped to honor the player who had just been selected.

Among those there was his former coach at Garfield, Wayne Floyd, who admitted that he didn't see Brandon as an NBA player when he first laid eyes on him the summer before his ninth grade year.

"Not right away," he said.

In something I had kind of forgotten, Floyd reminded me that Roy was 5-11, at best, as a ninth-grader.

"Then one day he just started growing and started jumping, and in drills you could see that he could do everything," Floyd said. "He's always been the underheralded, understated, underrated one and I think that kept him grounded and motivated. He always kept moving forward."

Right to the NBA Draft.