Telfair hits lottery, Smith falls to second round

Former University of Louisville signee Sebastian Telfair was selected with the 13th overall pick by the Portland Trailblazers in Thursday nights NBA Draft, while 6'7 Donta Smith fell into the second round to the Atlanta Hawks.

Telfair to Portland
Former University of Louisville signee Sebastian Telfair was selected by the Portland Trailblazers with the 13th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft Thursday night.

A McDonald's All-American selection, Telfair was the second point guard chosen in the draft behind Peoria, Illinois star Shuan Livingston.

Telfair, who signed a deal late last spring with shoe giant adidas (which happens to be based out of Portland, OR) for as much as $12 million, stands to earn $5,048,720 over the next three seasons playing for the Blazers.

As for the shoe deal, Telfair will not wear a signature shoe. He'll sport the "Game Day Lightwear," that retails for $85.

Smith Falls to Second Round
Former U of L signee Donta Smith was chosen with the 34th pick in the second round by the Atlanta Hawks.

Smith, the junior college Player of the Year in 2004 after averaging 26 points and 8 rebounds, had hoped to be selected in the first round.

Smith probably would have been better served attending Louisville next season and playing for Rick Pitino. As a second round pick, Smith receives no guaranteed contract and now must earn a spot on the Hawks roster next season (BTW, the Hawks selected two wing prospects in the first round in Stanford's Josh Childress and Josh Smith of Oak Hill) or face heading overseas or to the NBDL.

Former Cardinal Brandon Bender goes Unselected
Agent Mike Naiditch didn't have a particularly good draft night.

For one, he owes several folks on the message boards after wagering with them that one of his clients, Donta Smith, would be selected in the first round.

Another of Naiditch's clients, 6'9 former U of L player, Brandon Bender, failed to hear his name called in either round.

In his search for future clients, it's probably a safe bet Naiditch won't tout his 2004 draft record.

Local College Stars Go Undrafted
It wasn't a real good night for either the Louisville Cardinals or the Kentucky Wildcats in the NBA Draft.

Former University of Louisville starters Luke Whitehead and Kendall Dartez went undrafted Thursday night, while UK's Gerald Fitch, Cliff Hawkins and Eric Daniels were also shutout.

Guys Who Should Have Attended or Stayed in College

  • Donta Smith (34th, Atlanta)
  • Trevor Ariza (43rd, New York)
  • Jackie Butler (undrafted)
  • Christian Drejer (late second round)
  • Brandon Bender (undrafted)

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