Newest Rocket recounts thrill of draft night, being selected No. 14
Hey world, say hello to the newest member of the Houston Rockets. I'm so happy to finally have a home. After all the hard work I've put in, I'm also relieved.
Draft day was the longest day ever. After breakfast, all prospects had a meeting with the players' association, and
When the draft finally got going, I had my mom, my dad, my grandparents and my agent with me at my table in the green room. Then I settled in to watch the draft just like everyone else out there, keeping up on my phone and watching the crowd reactions.
One thing I hate is the way the TV camera guys walk around in the green room, because they always give away who is about to be picked. And every time the camera guys would walk toward me, I'd get nervous. My pops kept saying, "Are you ready? Button up your suit." That just made me even more anxious.
Thankfully, the Rockets chose me with the 14th pick, so I didn't have to wait too long. I really had no idea how much Houston wanted me. I didn't even know I was about to be drafted until I saw my agent on the phone with about 30 seconds left before the pick. He was smiling, and then the camera crew came to my table. When the commish called my name, I was shaking, and my parents started crying. My goal all along was to go to New York and get my hat, and I did that.
The first thing that came to my mind about the Rockets was
As for the rest of the draft, I was obviously happy for all my Kentucky guys. Did anyone see the watch
I was kind of shocked that
Anyway, after I walked across the stage, and after almost four hours of media, I finally left MSG and headed over to this place called Greenhouse for
Saturday I was back home in Cincinnati to watch the USA-Ghana soccer game, and then I drove down to Huntington, W Va., to celebrate a friend's birthday. Now I'm in Lexington, trying to see as many people as I can before I head back to Houston. I'm going to have to start looking for places to live in H-Town this week, because we start Summer League in Vegas next week.
I can't wait to get on the court and prove myself. I want to be a starter this year, make it to the Rookie-Sophomore challenge and compete for Rookie of the Year. But of course, the most important goal is making the playoffs. And I'll be doing all that wearing No. 54, just like in college.