Thursday, June 29, 2006

2006 NBA Draft Results

Andrea Bargnani of Italy was the first selection of the 2006 NBA Draft, by the Toronto Raptors. Bargnani was the first European player to be selected with the first pick.

With last year's age limit placed by the NBA, the NBA draft featured a plethora or senior college players from the previous NCAA Division I basketball season. Charlotte selected Gonzaga's Adam Morrison, the 2005-2006 NCAA D-I leading scorer, with the third pick. Duke All-American Shelden WIlliams was selected by Atlanta with the fifth pick, while 2006 Wooden Award winner and National Player of the Year J.J. Redick was selected with the eleventh pick by the Orlando Magic.

Also featured was the aggressive trading action of the Portland Timberwolves. Portland acquired Texas forward LaMarcus Aldridge with the second pick, gave away LSU sophomore Tyrus Thomas to Chicago with the fourth pick, acquired Villanova center Randy Foye with the seventh pick--due to a trade involving the movement of Sebastian Telfair to Boston. Portland acquired Spanish player Sergio Rodriguez with the twenty-seventh pick, pick Englishman Joel Freeland with the thirtieth pick, gave away Cincinnati veteran James White to Indiana with the thirty-first pick, and gave up Florida State's Alexander Johnson after acquiring the forty-fifth pick from Indiana.

Foreign players drafted include Mouhamed Sear Sene (Senegal) to Seattle at 10, Thabo Sefolosha (Switzerland) to Chicago at 13, Oleksiy Pecherov (Ukraine) to Washington at 18, Costa Perovic (Serbia) to Golden State at 38, Marcus Vinicius de Souza (Brazil) to New Orleans at 43, Vladimir Veremeenko (Belarus) to Washington at 48, Cheick Samb (Senegal) to the Los Angeles Lakers at 51, Ejike Ugboaja (Nigeria) to Cleveland at 55, Edin Bavcic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) to Toronto at 56, Loukas Mavrokefalidis (Greece) to Minnesota at 57, and Damir Markota (Croatia) to San Antonio at 58. The first two Israeli draft picks, Lior Eliyahu and Yotam Halperin, were selected at 44 by Houston and at 53 by Seattle, respectively. In addition, Connecticut's Denham Brown (Canada) and Miami's Guillermo Diaz (Puerto Rico) were selected.

Washington's Brandon Roy was selected by Boston at 6, and Villanova's Randy Foye, Connecticut's Rudy Gay, and Bradley's Patrick O'Bryant fill out the top ten. Also selected: Connecticut's Hilton Armstrong, Arkansas's Ronnie Brewer, North Carolina State's Cedric Simmons, Memphis's Rodney Carney and Shawne Williams, Rutgers's Quincy Douby, South Carolina's Renaldo Balkman, Kentucky's Rajon Rondo, Connecticut's Marcus Williams and Josh Boone, Villanova's Kyle Lowry, Michigan State's Shannon Brown, UCLA's Jordan Farmar, Michigan State's Maurice Ager, Temple's Mardy Collins, Marquette's Steve Novak, South Florida's Solomon Jones, Michigan State's Paul Davis, Texas's P.J. Tucker, Boston College's Craig Smith, Washington's Bobby Jones, North Carolina's David Noel, Illinois's James Augustine, Texas's Daniel Gibson, Illinois's Dee Brown, Louisiana Tech's Paul Millsap, California's Leon Powe, UCLA's Ryan Hollins, Arizona's Hassan Adams, George Washington's Danillo Pinnock, and Iowa State's Will Blalock.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Glamour Shots by Deb

Got my brand new MacBook yesterday. It's pretty hot [literally]: 2 GHz Intel dual core processor, 1 GB RAM, 100 GB free space, built-in camera, IR, microphone, motion sensor, iLife package. The MacBook comes with a Photo Booth utility, so my brothers and I found something to do with our free time:

Friday, June 16, 2006

Summer 2006 Concert List

August 4-6: Lollapalooza: Chicago, IL
July 27: Muse: Chicago, IL
July 7: Cheap Trick: Milwaukee, WI
June 14: Daemon Familiar, Mommy Can Wait, Colonel Angus: Chicago, IL
June 1: Pablo and Dan: Blue Island, IL
May 5: Better than Ezra: Raleigh, NC

Friday, June 09, 2006

Proof that soccer is lame

12 noon -- ESPN: College of Charleston vs. Georgia Tech baseball; ESPN2: Germany vs. Costa Rica soccer.
2 pm -- ESPN: Oral Roberts vs. Clemson baseball; ESPN2: Poland vs. Ecuador soccer.

If there's anything less exciting to watch on TV than soccer, it comes from the following: NASCAR, non-major men's golf, women's golf, the spelling bee, reality TV, and college baseball. Yet, college baseball receives top billing on this the first day of the 2006 World Cup.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Summer Reading List

Last updated: 27 May 2006

Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure Cancer, Tracy Kidder
Freakonomics, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, Doris Kearns Goodwin

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Hands-Off Science

This month's issue of Wired includes a fascinating article on excessive consumer products intervention with regard to science supplies and its influence on do-it-yourselfers and science students:

More later.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Duke Sports Watch, 5/26/06

Women's Golf: Duke University took home its eighth national championship and Duke women's golf took home its fourth--and second consectuive--national championship as the team defeated its closest rival, Southern California, by 10 strokes at the national championship in Columbus, Ohio. Jennie Lee finished two back of the individual champion to take second place. All five Duke players were among the top 21 players in the field.

Women's Lacrosse
: The #1 Duke women's lacrosse team fell to #4 Northwestern, 11-10, in overtime at the national semifinals in Boston. Dartmouth will meet Northwestern in the final tomorrow.

Men's Tennis: Singles player #3 Ludovic Walter fell in the Sweet 16 today, while unseeded doubles pair Atas and Stokke advanced to face the pair from Texas Christian in the national quarterfinals tomorrow, in Palo Alto, California.

Women's Tennis: Duke's women's players have been eliminated from the tournament.

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