We’re just hours away from the 2008 NBA Draft, so what better time to return from an LRT hiatus of nearly three months? The only Longhorn in New York City tonight is point guard D.J. Augustin, but it could still be an historic night for Texas basketball. Nearly every mock draft is projecting D.J. to go within the first fourteen picks, which would give Rick Barnes and Texas their third-straight lottery pick, something no other school has a chance to do. Unless, of course, Chicago shocks the world by taking Washington’s Ryan Appleby with at number one.
While it’s nearly unanimous that Augustin will go in the opening half of the draft’s first round, there’s a little less agreement on where exactly he’ll end up. NBADraft.net currently has D.J. heading out west to Sacramento, while Chad Ford of ESPN thinks he’ll slide one spot lower to Portland.
NBA.com bravely attempted to sort through the mock messiness, combining the top draft projections on the net into one consensus prediction, which sends D.J. to the Pacers with the 11th pick. With Indiana trading for fellow Texas-ex and point guard T.J. Ford just yesterday, this scenario would allow Augustin a chance to once again learn from his friend and mentor.
If you’ll be surfing the Web while checking out the action live from MSG, the good folks at Bizzaro Joe Lunardi will be running a liveblog during the event. And considering how little Bill Simmons knows about college hoops, there’s really no debate over which running diary you should be checking out.