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Seattle Times staff reporter Bob Condotta provides a running commentary on the Huskies. E-mail Bob.

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June 28, 2006

The big day has come

Posted by Bob Condotta at 11:27 AM

As Bobby Jones said recently, "A month ago, I thought this day would never come.''

But here it is at last, what I think might be the most interesting draft ever for in-state college basketball fans.

When have two players who grew up in this state, then played their college ball in this state, ever been such a big part of draft day? I don't think it's ever happened.

We'll try to keep you updated here throughout the day and night as much as we can, particularly with news concerning Brandon Roy and Bobby Jones.

To start off, here's a piece written today by Dick Jerardi of the Philadelphia Daily News stating that Brandon Roy should be the No. 1 pick in the draft.

What I found most interesting was his assertion that he saw Roy "numerous times on television'' last year.

That seems to fly counter to the theory that Pac-10 players lack visibility due to the conference's TV contract with Fox Sports.

I've been among those who think that given the reality of the situation with ESPN -- which only wants the Pac-10 in what would be non-primetime time slots and wouldn't pay as much as Fox Sports -- that the deal with Fox Sports isn't as bad as a lot of people think.

Certainly, I don't think any alleged "lack of exposure'' is going to hurt Brandon Roy today.

Husky updates

I've gotten lots of e-mails asking for updates on other former Huskies.

I included the most up-to-date info I have on everyone in this story that ran in The Seattle Times today.

But things can change quickly. Mike Jensen, for instance, said he thinks things will open up a lot in the coming days once the draft is over and teams -- both here and abroad -- know the talent pool that will be available to them.