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Monday, June 21, 2010
Udoh headed to NBA draft green room

By Jeff Caplan

Ekpe Udoh will be among the 15 or so draft prospects invited to sit in the NBA draft green room on Thursday night.

That should make Udoh feel awfully good about being a lottery pick (top 14). The NBA goes to great pains to research picks so that they don't invite players who end up sitting there and sitting there and sitting there -- although we all know there are no guarantees. But, it is looking good for Mr. Udoh, who had one dominant season with the Bears after transferring from Michigan.

At the moment, ESPN.com Insider Chad Ford projects the 6-foot-10, 235-pound Udoh to be selected by the Houston Rockets with the 14th overall pick.

Udoh would be only the fourth first-round NBA draft choice in Baylor history, joining Vinnie Johnson (1979), Terry Teagle (1982) and Brian Skinner (1998). Johnson is the only top-10 draft pick in school history and Udoh would be the first lottery pick from Baylor (the lottery was not introduced until 1985).

Baylor coach Scott Drew will accompany Udoh to The Theater at Madison Square Garden, site of the draft.