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

 “That's definitely the toughest part. Teams can only carry up to 15 and some teams don't even carry more than 12,” Osby said. “A third-round pick in the NFL Draft is kind of equivalent to a late first-round pick in the NBA Draft for the simple fact that they'll probably end up making a roster and a team will look forward to having them on their squad. So that's just the most difficult thing (in the NBA). There's just not that many spots.”

 “I think a lot of people don't look at it in the right sense. Just thinking, ‘Oh, well he was good in college, so he's definitely getting drafted.' Then a guy goes into these NBA workouts and doesn't do as well as expected and may not get drafted.”

 Fortunately for Osby, these workouts seem to have helped his stock.

 At a stout 240 pounds, he's always shown an ability to bang inside. And, he says, these sessions have given him a chance to also showcase his perimeter game.

 “A lot of people didn't know I can shoot the ball out to NBA range and that's really something I've improved on,” Osby said. “As well as being able to show off my ball handling and proving that I'm a versatile player who can go inside and out, guard small forwards, 2-guards and go down low.”

 Another positive, Osby has found, is his maturity. He's 23, well-spoken and settled with a wife and daughter. 

“They always like the fact that I have a wife and I have a daughter and, you know, I'm not going to be one of those guys that you're going to have to worry about getting in trouble or being out at the clubs, the scene and maybe getting into that kind of mischief,” he said.

As for draft night, he says, “I'm optimistic, think I got a good chance of going. But then again, it's not about what I think, it's about what these GMs, these coaches think and if I'm worthy enough to get drafted. I'm confident about it.”

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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