Draft Day

By Chris Lauderback on June 26, 2008 at 2:00 pm

With Kosta Koufos guaranteed to be a first round selection and Othello Hunter hoping for a late second round miracle, Ohio State is looking at back to back years with at least one player being drafted for the first time since 2000 and 2001.

The 2000 NBA Draft saw Michael Redd drafted by the Bucks and Scoonie Penn scooped up by Atlanta in the second round while Ken Johnson (Heat) was the lone Buckeye selected in 2001.

In fact, since Jim Jackson was the #4 pick in the '92 draft, OSU has produced just seven other draft picks with Oden, Conley and Cook accounting for three of those selections last season.

It's been well documented that many in Buckeye land aren't exactly enamored with Koufos after he supposedly surprised Matta by dropping out of school to prepare for the draft which could end up costing OSU a scholarship but the Buckeye in me still hopes he does well.

Chad Ford and others have commented that Koufos more than held his own in workouts against the supremely overrated Kevin Love who is projected as a top 7 pick.

It would be great to see Hunter drafted but it's pretty much a lock that both he and Jamar Butler will have to go the free agent tryout route in an effort to land in the league. Butler was named MVP of the Portsmouth camp but had to pull out of the Orlando pre-draft camp after pulling a hammy while Hunter has done nothing but show his upside in Portsmouth, Orlando and individual team workouts.

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