Oklahoman Published: June 10, 2010
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photo - Oklahoma City native Daniel Orton played one season at Kentucky and is preparing for the NBA Draft. AP photo
Oklahoma City native Daniel Orton played one season at Kentucky and is preparing for the NBA Draft. AP photo
Daniel Orton has gone from three-time state champion at Bishop McGuinness to Jordan All-American signee for Kentucky to role player off the bench for the top-ranked Wildcats as a freshman to a potential NBA lottery pick. Orton has been working out in San Francisco in preparation for the draft and during the month of June, he has agreed to do a journal for The Oklahoman.

During the first edition of Daniel Orton's NBA Draft Journal, the former McGuinness star talked to The Oklahoman's Brandon Chatmon about his draft projections, what they do in workouts for NBA teams and a conversation with Larry Bird at the NBA Combine.

I've heard that I could go anywhere from 14th to 24th in the draft. But I'm hoping to move up.

I've worked out for Indiana, Toronto and I just got done working out for Sacramento on Tuesday.

As far as what we do in the workouts, we start off with simple big-man drills and then we'll do just post moves with no one guarding us. Then we might play one-on-one where everyone has to guard everyone once, then some two-on-two sometimes full court like I had to do in Sacramento. In my other two workouts with Indiana and Toronto, they had two guards with us so we could have some three-on-three teams.

The NBA combine was cool. It was incredible seeing all those people, like Larry Bird, who asked a lot of questions and told me I have a high ceiling and that I could go places. But it was tough with eight meetings in a day, very stressful.


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