Oklahoma basketball: Romero Osby fighting for one of NBA Draft's limited slots

Romero Osby turned heads during a workout with the Wizards last week, and he's being mentioned as a possible second-round steal. He's had other group and individual training sessions with the Timberwolves, Grizzlies, Nets and 76ers, among others.
by Anthony Slater Published: June 13, 2013
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photo - UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA / NCAA TOURNAMENT: Oklahoma's Romero Osby (24) listens to a question from the media during the practice and press conference day for the second round of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Thursday, March 21, 2013. OU will play San Diego State in the second round on Friday. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA / NCAA TOURNAMENT: Oklahoma's Romero Osby (24) listens to a question from the media during the practice and press conference day for the second round of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Thursday, March 21, 2013. OU will play San Diego State in the second round on Friday. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Day after day, city after city, Romero Osby is traveling the country, trying to get an NBA team — any NBA team — to fall in love with him.

 Or at least like the former OU star enough to spend a coveted draft pick on him later this month.

 “I've got a lot of teams scheduled,” Osby said, via phone, outside a Sacramento restaurant earlier this week, a day before he was set to workout for the Kings. “So that means there's some type of interest.”

 And that interest has led to plenty of positive feedback.

 The six-foot-seven forward (“Six-eight with shoes,” Osby said) turned heads during a workout with the Wizards last week and has been gaining momentum, with many draft-focused sites labeling him a possible second-round steal.

 He's had other group and individual training sessions with the Timberwolves, Grizzlies, Nets and 76ers, among others. Even had a long and instructive conversation with former OU coach and current Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson after a workout in Houston.

 “It's funny how small the basketball world is,” Osby said of his meeting with Sampson. “There's been different teams that really like my game, think I can be an asset. I don't have any promises or anything about getting drafted, but I do have some positive feedback and that's what I'm going off.” 

In other major sports, Osby would be an essential lock to get drafted and a strong candidate to make a roster.  

The NFL has seven rounds and 53 roster spots per team; 254 players got drafted in 2013. The MLB has 40 rounds and more than 150 spots per organization; 1,216 players got drafted in 2013. 

But the NBA only has two rounds. Sixty players get selected. And many of them, especially in the second round, are draft-and-stash selections, with NBA teams taking an international player and storing him overseas for a couple seasons.

 It's a harsh reality for fringe second-round picks. Some of college basketball's best players, like Osby, a guy who averaged 16 points and seven boards as an All-Big 12 First Team selection last season at OU, may not find a place in the league.

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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