Wiz Second-Round Pick: Disappointed
Finally read a sort of depressing pre-draft Q&A with Wiz second-round draft pick Dominic McGuire, the kid from Fresno State. Among his thoughts, given to the Fresno Bee:
"I'm getting great feedback right now and I'm confident that when the draft comes, I will be a first-round draft pick."
"I think unless you're actually working with an NBA team, you don't really know what's going on in the inside. Trust me, I wouldn't be leaving Fresno if I wasn't sure I would be a high pick. "
"Really, I never went off of the draft Web sites because the more and more I get deeper into this, I'm learning that all depends on what agent you go to. When it was up in the air what agent I was going to go with, they had me late first round on NBADraft.net. When they found out what agent I was going with, I dropped to like [No.] 45. I think a lot of agents control those Web sites, so you can't really trust them."
"My mom [Desiree] is working two jobs right now. She's working from 6 in the morning to 9 at night. I really want to help her out so she doesn't have to do that anymore."
"I'm very confident that I'll be a first-round pick. And if not, I'm willing to go second round and make a team. I don't have a problem with that."
"I would be disappointed going anything after 35. But at the same time, there's only 60 picks. There's so many people in this world that dream about going to the NBA. Just to be one of those 60 picks, I feel would be a great honor. At the end of the day, you've got to be honest with yourself. If I'm wrong about myself, that's something I have to live with. But I'm pretty positive about it."
As you might recall, he went 47th. That means no guaranteed money. A Fresno columnist devoted an entire column to this idea: McGuire screwed up. His brother and agent and college coach try to see the positive in this story, but I still haven't found McGuire quoted since the draft. Plus, after spending his high school and college careers in Cali, he now has to come 3,000 miles East to D.C. Although I guess he'll be the fourth Californian Wizard, so that'll be nice.
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