The Portland Trail Blazers picked UW forward Jon Brockman with the 38th pick overall in tonight’s NBA draft.
However, Brockman was quickly traded to the Sacramento Kings. That means Brockman will be reunited with former Husky Spencer Hawes instead of former Husky Brandon Roy of Portland.
"It’s truly a dream come true, just getting drafted into the NBA," Brockman said. "I don’t think I could ask for a better situation playing alongside my AAU teammate, and then college teammate and now NBA teammate. I don’t even know if that’s ever been done before in the NBA. But it’s a dream come true, and I’m just overwhelmed."
Brockman said he knew he wouldn’t actually be going to Portland because he received a phone call from Hawes in advance telling him about the trade that was about to unfold: Portland shipping him to Sacramento along with veteran guard Sergio Rodriguez in exchange for forward Jeff Pendergraph of Arizona State, who the Kings had selected with the 31st overall pick.
However, Brockman said he didn’t go into the draft with any assurances about who would select him or when.
That had been part of the speculation Brockman had created with his pre-draft strategy of not taking part in NBA combines, individual workouts or even speaking with the media. However, he said tonight that wile the strategy was difficult for him, he trusted his agent, who believed Brockman had shown enough by averaging 15.3 points and 16.3 rebounds in the pre-draft Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.
In the end, Brockman said he was selected in about the portion of the draft that he had expected.
"I’m just so excited and proud of Jon," UW coach Lorenzo Romar said. "He did everything in his power to be a team guy for four years and was selfless and was a servant; and now he has been rewarded to go out and attack his lifelong dream in terms of basketball, and that’s playing in the NBA. And it’s a lot of fun that he’s going to be able to join Spencer Hawes as well."
UW teammate Justin Dentmon wasn’t drafted but could be sign on with someone as a free agent.
In all, nine Pac-10 players were drafted: James Harden of Arizona State went No. 2 to Oklahoma City, Jordan Hill of Arizona went No. 8 to New York, DeMar DeRozan of USC went No. 9 to Toronto, Jrue Holiday of UCLA went No. 10 to Philadelphia, Darren Collison of UCLA went No. 21 to New Orleans, Taj Gibson of USC went No. 26 to Chicago.
Pendergraph, Brockman went in the second round, along with Chase Budinger of Arizona, who was taken No. 44 by Detroit and traded to Houston.