Trail Blazers have interesting draft with Lillard and Leonard

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The Portland Trail Blazers made an interesting splash in the 2012 NBA Draft taking a point guard from a mid-major school that few people had heard off, and a project pick at center. They took Damian Lillard at #6 from Weber St. and a guy who played for someone named Weber in Meyers Leonard from the Illini at #11.

This marks the first time since 1990 that Illinois has had a player selected in the first round of both the NFL and NBA Drafts in the same year. Jeff George went to the Indianapolis Colts #1 overall, and current Bulls analyst Kendall Gill went fifth to the Charlotte Hornets. This year Whitney Merciless went #24 to the Houston Texans and A.J. Jenkins went #30 to the San Francisco 49ers.

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Will Damian Lillard be the first point guard taken on draft night?

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Because he played at obscure Weber State, you may not have heard of point guard Damian Lillard. But you will hear plenty about him come NBA Draft night, he just might be the first point guard taken, and looks to be a lock for the lottery. Mid-major guys are often overlooked and Lillard is no exception. Even though he has, and pretty much has always had, all the tools.

“I think a lot of people talk about me playing at a smaller school at Weber St. and I think camps like this are a perfect opportunity to show that I can play to the level of everyone else in the draft,” Lillard said at the NBA Draft combine.

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99 in 99: #71 Weber State Wildcats

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Weber State has dominated the Big Sky in the past two years but have fallen short of punching their ticket to the NCAA Tournament.  This season behind NBA prospect Damian Lillard, the Wildcats are itching to put on dancing shoes.

The Sports Bank’s 99 in 99 breaks down the 72 power conference college basketball teams and top 27 mid-majors.  Everything you need to know about the up-coming college basketball season is right here at your disposal.  Click here for teams #72-#99.

By: David Kay
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