Ogilvy's not selected in NBA draft; Kentucky dominates first round

Friday, June 25, 2010 at 12:01am
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On the day he declared his college career was complete, A.J. Ogilvy acknowledged that a career in the NBA was anything but a sure thing.

“If that doesn’t work out for me than I’m excited to try and take my game to Europe or wherever the next opportunity comes up,” he said back on April 8.

Thursday, his best opportunity passed when he was not selected in either of the two rounds of the NBA draft. A total of 60 players, including 11 centers, were taken by 27 teams.

Ogilvy, a native of Australia, now has the options to sign a free agent deal with any team or pursue opportunities overseas.

He is one of only two players in Vanderbilt history with more than 1,000 points and 100 blocked shots in his career. The other is Will Perdue, one of the Commodores’ all-time greats who went on to an accomplished career in the NBA.

The University of Kentucky set a draft record with five players taken in the first round, led by No. 1 overall pick John Wall of the Washington Wizards. DeMarcus Cousins went to the Kings (fifth), Patrick Patterson went to the Rockets (14th), Eric Bledose went to the Thunder (18th) and Daniel Orton went to the Magic (29th).

The first Southeastern Conference player outside of Kentucky taken was guard Terrico White, who was picked in the second round (36th overall) by Detroit.

 

5 Comments on this post:

By: richgoose on 6/25/10 at 7:15

He would have not been selected in the third round if there were one.

The boy needs to go back to the wonderful country and continent of Australia and live a good life with the memories of his freshman year at Vanderbilt.

By: dangerlover on 6/25/10 at 7:49

Australia is a country AND a continent?

He should be happy he's not going to be in the NBA...with all these former wildcats, the league is about to run out of protective arm sleeves.

By: fightcrib on 6/25/10 at 9:18

For the first time in my life I agree with you dangerlover. Furthermore, it's pathetic that Kentucky had 5 future first round draftees on they team and still couldn't make the final 4. Vandy a team that had no NBA draftees on its team nearly beat UK, if it wasn't for corrupt New Orleans SEC official, Anthony Jordan who called 12 fouls against UK and none against UK and also called away a tip-in basket from Jeff Taylor calling it offensive goal tending. Watch the movie "Wrong Turn" and you'll see your average Kentucky fans.

By: richgoose on 6/25/10 at 9:43

DANGERLOVER.........Somewhere around the sixth grade geography covered the continents of the world.\

I would agree with you that he should be happy that he is not going to the NBA.

By: dangerlover on 6/25/10 at 2:16

I know richgoose. I just thought it was funny that you used both qualifiers in your suggestion for him to return there.