Ogilvy left school early; will he be drafted late or at all?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 8:00pm

A.J. Ogilvy hopes to hear his name called Thursday during the NBA draft.

Until then, his representatives decided to keep quiet.

The 6-foot-11 Australian passed up his senior season at Vanderbilt when he signed with the Wasserman Group in Apri. Wednesday, his representative Jason Raney said it was company policy not to offer comments prior to the draft.

When he made his announcement, Ogilvy said the agency projected him as a late first-round or early second-round selection.

CBSsports.com ranks Ogilvy as the 73rd prospect and the 13th ranked Center (Kentucky’s 6’10 Demarcus Cousins is categorized as a Power Forward) in the draft. The NBA draft has 60 total draft picks over two rounds.

The last five Commodores drafted all were taken in the second round – Frank Kornet (1989), Dan Langhi (2000), Matt Frieje (2004), Derrick Byars (2007) and Shan Foster (2008).

Ogilvy’s stats were at best stagnant and at worst diminishing over his three seasons with Vandy:

•    As a freshman he averaged 17 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game and shot 58.8 percent from the field.

 •    His sophomore season he averaged 15.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks and shot 54.3 percent.

•    During his final college season his averages dipped to 13.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. He also shot a career worst 50.9 percent from the field.

Ogilvy’s size, (6-foot-10, 250 pounds), allows him to operate with his back-to-the-basket but his ball handling  (advanced for a man his size) and finesse from mid-range are among his biggest assets.

His measurables are not too far off from the pack of prospects at center this year.

Georgetown’s Greg Monroe (6-10, 247) is considered the top center in the draft. Last year he averaged 16.1 points and 9.6 rebounds.