Daniel Orton's NBA Draft Journal
Daniel Orton has gone from a three-time state champion at Bishop McGuinness to a Jordan All-American signee for Kentucky to a role player off the bench for the top-ranked Wildcats as a freshman to a potential NBA lottery pick. During the month of June, Orton has been doing a draft journal for The Oklahoman.
During the final edition of Daniel Orton's NBA Draft Journal, the former McGuinness star talks about the best case scenario, worst case scenario and his draft night plans.
To know my dream is about to come true feels like no other feeling. You work hard for something, practically your whole life and then you're rewarded for it. There's no greater feeling than this.
On draft night, I'll be anxious... just ready to hear my name be called.
My draft day plans are to have a draft party with friends and family and enjoy myself.
Best case scenario is I get drafted... and drafted high.
The only worst case scenario is not getting drafted.
The first thing I will do after I get drafted is pray, just thank God for everything. After that I'm just going to hang out with my friends and family.
The first thing I will buy is the Derby Owners Club game by SEGA.
I am very glad the draft process is over, it's just too long and too crazy for me.
My final workout in Indiana went okay, not as well as I would have liked. But you can't play well everyday.
I feel good about some pre-draft workouts and not so good about others but I can't chang the past so, oh well.
Every team gave me advice here and there about how to handle myself different ways on different trips. Coach Bob Hill who works me out in San Francisco is probably who gave me the best advice.
My best memory during the process was Larry Bird coming up to me at my second workout and saying "My man!" as he shook my hand. He was my favorite person I met.
My best experience was seeing all the teams practice facilities and getting to meet there staff members.
If I had to describe the last few months in one word, it would be: Professional.
COMPILED BY BRANDON CHATMON