Diogu Goes Lottery, Picked 9th by the Warriors

Last season's Pac-10 player of the year agonized for weeks about his decision to forgo his senior season at ASU, and stay in the NBA draft. On Tuesday evening, his resolution paid high dividends as he got drafted by the Golden State Warriors at the ninth spot. The junior is the Sun Devils' highest pick in 22 years.

"It caught me off guard being selected that high, but that's the crazy thing about the NBA Draft,'' Diogu told the Arizona Republic after his name was called."You never know. All it takes is one general manager to like you. I'm very familiar with the area after going up there and playing Stanford and Cal."

Golden State was one of a few teams which invited Diogu twice for private workouts. Head coach Mike Montgomery is naturally very familiar with the former Arizona State star from his coaching days at Stanford. On Monday, ASU head coach Rob Evans stated that he hoped that Diogu would land in the bay area, and that he had numerous conversations with Montgomery over the last few weeks.

Diogu was the first consensus All-American in ASU history (second-team), scored 1,946 points in his 91-game career (21.4 points per game). He is ASU's third all-time leading scorer and is 19th on the Pac-10 career list.

Last year, he led the Pac-10 in scoring (22.6 ppg.), rebounding (9.8 rpg.) and blocks (2.34 bpg.), the first player since blocks became an official statistic in 1977-78 to lead the Pac-10 in all three categories. He also topped the Pac-10 last year in field goal percentage (.575), offensive boards (3.69), double-doubles (15), 20-point games (21), 40-minutes games (13) and minutes per game (36.38). He also led the league in Pac-10 game-only stats in points (22.3), offensive rebounds (4.06) and minutes per game (37.78) and was second with 9.2 boards per game.

Los Angeles Lakers great Byron Scott was the last Sun Devil to be drafted in the top 10, when he got picked by San Diego in the 4th spot in 1983.

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