The Indianapolis Star from Indianapolis, Indiana on July 1, 1993 · Page 39
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t '!: , THURSDAY, JULY 1,1993 The Indianapolis Star .ke Haskim; top picks swappsc racers ta TP NBA draft first round Here are the selections of the first round of the NBA college draft held Wednesday: VSfS A CHRIS WEBBER, Wh&t X 6-9, power forward, Michigan; iraueu io uoiuen state 2nd pick SHAWN BRADLEY, 7-6, center, Brigham Young &'Ti 3rd pick ogi U ANFERNEE HARDAWAY, i4 6"7, snootin9 guard. Memphis State; fcaiO- traded to Orlando Magic (tySS&i ;: JAMAL MASHBURN "t aa-39 6-8, small forward, Kentucky 5th pick J. R. RIDER, 6-5, shooting guard, Nevada-Las Vegas ftf" Vaftf ALBERT CHEANEY, 04i4 6-6, shooting guard, Indiana k " A 7f) pcf BOBBY HURLEY. 'V 6'0, Point 9uarc1, Duke ' 8th pick VIN BAKER, mmsm 6-11 , power forward, Hartford ' MUCH 9th pick RODNEY ROGERS, 6-7 , power forward, Wake Forest x2 10th pick LINDSAY HUNTER, 6-2, shooting guard, Jackson State 11th pick ALLAN HOUSTON, 6-6, shooting guard, Tennessee vs 12th pick JT' GEORGE LYNCH, ""WA;,, 6-8, power forward, North Carolina . ' . S ...... ..': .' 13th Dick 'filMEl TERRY DEHERE, ,Vsf7Tv 6-4, shooting guard, Seton Hall 14th pick SCOTT HASKIN, 6-11 , center, Oregon State 15th pick DOUGLAS EDWARDS, 6-9, power forward, Florida State 16th pick UUWMU RFI WAITFDC ymw$ 6-3, shooting guard, Kansas "H 17th pick iMZ GREG GRAHAM, liSjt 6-3, shooting guard, Indiana mAH 18th pick LUTHER WRIGHT center, Seton Hall iB2Z 7-2,1 1 9th pick ACIEEARL, & 6-10, power forward, Iowa 20fi pcf SCOTT BURRELL, 6-7, small forward, Connecticut . 21st pick JAMES ROBINSON, 6-1, shooting guard, Alabama ,,.,,0,. 22nd pick 1 VT . 1 nm MILLS, ,JJ EuJ small fnrwarH Ari7nna 23rd pick .sjrebsomcs 6-11 , power forward, New Orleans 24th pick iirrrA SAM cassell, CHICAGO iBULlSX i"'F'. 6-9, power forward, Cincinnati I 26th pick GEERT HAMMINK, 6-11, center, Louisiana State PRtOT 27tfpfcr I f MALCOLM MACKEY, LJj 6-9, power forward, t 'hZTi Georgia Tech WMi booed by MSA crowd after selection By Dan Dunkin STAR STAFF WRITER The Indiana Pacers wanted to get a heavyweight in Wednesday night's NBA Draft. Donnle Walsh received a standing eight-count. Five thousand Judges at Market Square Arena didn't score Scott Haskln as a knockout. Haskln, a 6-11, 250-pound center' from Oregon State, wasn't projected to go as high as the Pacers' 14th pick in a draft that was small In tall. He Is viewed as primarily a power forward with backup center capabilities. Depth at both positions is the Pacers' biggest need, but with higher-rated Acle Earl, projected to go anywhere from No. 10 to 13, still available, the pick came as a surprise. For Pacers president Walsh, getting booed has become part of the Pacers' annual draft party. He didn't announce the pick, which was followed by the chant, "Walsh must go." "We're aware he's not well-known In this area," Walsh said. "I've been (booed) on a couple of occasions before. I feel right now a little bit like I did when I took Dale Davis (a selection which was cheered here but Jeered around the league)." The Pacers brass thinks Haskln. could be the next Steve Stlpanovich, with more athleticism. "Pacer fans don't know who I am," Haskln said by phone from Oregon. "I think that'll change quickly. I can be a good player In the league, with a little added strength." Earl ended up falling to Boston at No. 19. Walsh, who put up a good smokescreen, filled a need while also taking, in his and Coach Larry Brown's mind, the best player available. "After watching Haskln work out and I got to see him more than anybody else being out on the coast he was the best player," Brown said. "We had a real, real void In terms of big guys. We got the best big guy, there's no question in my mind." , The Pacers could have addressed their small forward confusion by taking Chris Mills. They didn't want to add to the confusion. They could have taken, as1 many expected, one of the purest point guards left In Nick Van Exel, or highly athletic James Robinson. The Pacers nearly got Van Exel In the second round. Van Exel fell to the Lakers at No. 37. With their second-round pick at No. 39, the Pacers took Duke off-guard Thomas Hill, one of the first to work out for them. Others high on their list, point guard Lindsay Hunter and shooting guard Allan Houston, went earlier as expected. f ,' , . , 1 - I I j . , . ,. ( V h . i '' X" I if t 17 ' Associated Press PACERS' PICK: Oregon State's Scott Haskin (44) shows some defense in this file photo from the Far West Classic in December. The 6-11 Haskin was Indiana's top pick in Wednesday's NBA draft. "We had to look to the needs of our team," said Walsh, "and we felt he's a very good athlete, has good size and is a very good prospect for the power forward position. When you look at free agency, the bigger guys are the hardest to get. This was a way to solve one of our problems. "Some of the trades we talked about during the draft we think are still going to be available." But Walsh really couldn't win with the fans by not trading up to get Calbert Cheaney or down for Greg Graham, further alienating the IU faithful. Walsh made "huge offers" to get Cheaney and nearly had Graham. That fell through when Seton Hall shooting guard Terry Dehere, coveted by Charlotte, was snared at No. 13 by the Los Angeles Clippers. Otherwise, the Pacers likely See PACERS Page 2 Webber, Hardaway trade hats ByMikeNadei ; ASSOCIATED PRESS Auburn Hills, Mich. Orlando helped Golden State get taller and tougher. In return, the Magic received the perfect complement to Shaquille O'Neal and a chance to be a future superteam. Orlando made Chris Webber, Michigan's 6-9 forward, the first player chosen In the NBA draft Wednesday night. And after the Warriors took do-it-all Memphis State guard Anfernee Hardaway two picks later, the teams swapped the players. v In between those choices. Philadelphia filled Its tall order with 7-6 Shawn Bradley. :' j Golden State, desperate to add rebounding and defensive help to a small, potent lineup, sweetened the trade considerably by throw-lng In three first-round draft choices, with the first to be exercised no earlier than 1996. - It was the first draft-day deal ever Involving the league's No, J pick and the first time the top choice had been dealt at all since Cleveland acquired the pick frbnj Philadelphia In 1986. ; "These are both great player?. We would be happy with either one," said Orlando president Dicfc DeVos. "But when you put one together with three other players, that's a fantastic value. We Just insured our future." Orlando, which Improved from 21 victories in 1991-92 to 41 1 O'Neal's rookie season and thed lucked out In the draft lottery for the second straight year, has'U first-round choices over the next seven years. , ! Webber and Hardaway botfc wanted to be part of that future.' "Nothing against Golden States but I'm looking forward to playing with Shaq," said Hardaway, a fine passer and outside shooter who can play point guard, shooting guard and small forward. "I think we're going to be a dominating team. Me and Shaq will play wel together. We really complement each other." j Webber turned philosophical after learning of the trade. jl v "Maybe I wasn't the right thing for them," he said. "This is stilt great thrill, to be the number ohe player In the draft." vj See PICKS Page 3 First-round choice has Pacers fans singing the boos Bill Benner The Indiana Pacers' new coach, Larry Brown, defended his old friend Donnie Walsh for "taking the heat" Wednesday H i ' .vt V i nl8nt ln Market square I - Sil Let the record show he took it from a safe distance. Departing from tradition and maintaining a low profile in an undisclosed MSA bunker, the Pacers' president instead designated Mark Boyle, the team's first-class radio voice, to be the public bearer of decidedly unpopular tidings. It was akin to being appointed Saddam Hussein's spokesman to a group from the American Legion. And the booing that greeted Boyle's announcement of Oregon State's Scott Haskln as the Pacers' first-round draft choice was as loud as, well, as loud as the night last season when the Pacers lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves. That one, the home team deserved. This time? Really, how can anyone say? Certainly not yours truly. One reason I didn't boo is because I was too busy looking up the newest Pacer In the draft biographies distributed by the NBA. Let's see now . . . was that Scott Haskln or Scott Hastings? Seriously, folks, save your stamp of disapproval for when It really counts . . . like the next time George McCloud remember him, the next Magic Johnson, or so he was declared the night of the 1989 draft? lets fly with an airball or sprains an ankle while talking on the telephone. Remember, too, while you vent your venom, that Walsh and the decisionmakers also were booed the night they chose Reggie Miller ahead of Steve Alford. Last time I checked, Reggie Miller was continuing to have a solid career ln the NBA. And, no disrespect Intended, Steve Alford was having a solid career as the coach at Manchester College. So who did you want, anyway? Calbert Cheaney? The Pacers tried, but couldn't get the Washington Bullets to bite on several big offers. Greg Graham? Nice kid, nice player. And the Pacers were going to get him, working a 2-for-l swap with Charlotte Indiana taking Terry Dehere at 14 and Charlotte grabbing Graham at either 17 or 20. But the deal fell through when the .: LA Clippers took Dehere at 13, one j spot ahead of the Pacers. Besides, when you get past the top , ( lottery picks, the draft becomes a hugfe roll of the dice. Sometimes you roll a 7 ?, or 11 , and sometimes you come up r ; with snake eyes. .;"v Who's to say at this point the Pac- y ers have crapped out with Scott Has- -kin? You can bet that the men who made that call know a heckuva lot more about Haskln than the people who -,. . were booing. They've seen him ln person and on film. They say he's a tough-minded, aggressive individual who won't back down and Is remlnls-i c cent In that respect of Steve Stipano-"; r vich. They say he was the "best player! See BENNER Page 2 Sampras sends Agassi packing Star Staff Graphic Star Staff Graphic Aching shoulder fails to keep him from gaining Wimbledon semifinals. By Stephen Wilson ASSOCIATED PRESS Wimbledon, England With his shoulder aching and the Centre Court crowd wildly cheering for his opponent, Pete Sampras kept his cool and held on for a five-set victory over defending champion Andre Agassi today to reach the Wimbledon semifinals. The top-seeded Sampras, who was treated several times by a trainer for the inflamed tendon ln his right shoulder, staved off a furious comeback by Agassi Wimbledon TODAY'S TV COVERAGE Noon, women's semifinals, WTHR-13; 4 p.m., women's semifinals, HBO; 6:30 p.m., highlights, HBO; tl :35 p.m., highlights, WTHR-13; 12:35 a.m., women's semifinals, WTHR-13. to win 6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 3-6. 6-4 in two hours, 48 minutes. Earlier, on Court 1, Jim Courier reached the Wimbledon semifinals for the first time by beating fellow American Todd Martin 6-2. 7-6 (7-5), 6-3. Two-time champion Stefan Edberg, the oddsmakers' favorite, swept past un seeded Cedrlc Plollne of France 7-5. 7-5. 6-3. In the day's last quarterfinal, three-time champion Boris Becker outlasted fellow German Michael Stich 7-5, 6-7 (7-5). 6-7 (7-5). 6-2. 6-4. Becker didn't lose a serve. Sampras overcame considerable adversity in order to beat Agassi. Besides his shoulder problems, he had the overwhelmingly pro-Agassi crowd to contend with. Even Sampras' errors drew wild cheers. Agassi appeared to have the momentum after winning the third and fourth sets, but Sampras regained the advantage when he broke for a 3-2 lead In the final set. See SAMPRAS Page 2 AMERICAN LEAGUE New, York 7.... Detroit "'6- Oakland IIL.!!!!!"" "- IIZZIIIm'" vi- Clewland 4 Chicago i, Baltimore 6 Toronto 0' ??ZZIZZjCM!n Texas ?l...lP...Z'."IZ'!i : NATIONAL LEAGUE S Chicago 4 jSan Diego :yl Atjanta ' ipotaarjo'"" Montreal 9 Pirfsburgri mZZ""!IiI1ZIZII5 ancinnaii 5 Houston 4: ?ii!d?Mi?Z!ZZI Zii?ZZ2) IAngeies mSmnPni; AMERICAN ASSOCIATION Itians at knva, ppcl.. rain "'T

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