Draft night was a pleasant surprise for Chris Richard who was the eleventh pick in round two and is joining Brewer in the frozen north. Richard only started a couple of times in his four-year career but the Wolves have to love his physical strength and competitiveness. He probably won't start in the NBA either, but he can contribute to a team with solid minutes off the bench when the top guys need rest or find themselves in foul trouble.
The evening was also probably a bit disappointing for Taurean Green who fell to #22 in the second round. Green will try to make the Portland Trail Blazers where he will ironically try to feed the ball to Greg Oden. One thing that helps his chances is that Oden is very impressed with the former Gator point guard and there are indications they have hit it off well in the pre-draft get togethers. You cannot overstate the value of having the franchise player on your side. Portland also gave up two guards when they traded Zac Randolph to the Knicks and they plan to release the guard (Steve Francis) they got back in the deal. Portland also drafted Finland guard Petteri Koponen but he is likely to spend at least one more year in Europe.
So it's now officially the end of the greatest era in Gator Basketball history. The oh-fours have gone on to the next level and the Florida Gators can turn their focus to rebuilding around the last two recruiting classes. It's going to make for a challenging, fascinating season in the O'Dome. And it'll make the NBA a whole lot more worth watching – at least for me.