The Washington Times - June 26, 2008, 11:16PM

After failing to trade the 18th pick, the Wizards used it to draft Nevada center JaVale McGee, a 7-foot, 241-pound shot-blocking freak athlete.



A few weeks ago, McGee was penciled in by the online draft gurus as the man the Wiz would take, but in the last week, so shifted their picks to Darrell Arthur from Kansas. Arthur was still on the board at 18. Roy Hibbert was taken just before at 17 overall to Toronto, who traded him to Indiana as part of the Jermaine O’Neal trade. But the Wizards passed on Arthur, who had worked out on Wednesday. He fell all the way to 27th, word is because of a kidney ailment. McGee didn’t work out for the Wizards, but he said they were burning up his phone and his agent’s phone throughout the whole evaluation process.


It gives the Wizards another young big man. He’s more of a true center than Andray Blatche, Ernie Grunfeld says, but he has some potential to play some power forward. He’s probably a project, but the Wizards are rather deep and can afford to give McGee time to develop.


Here’s a trivia question for you. Who is the only NBA player to have a former WNBA player for a mother? JaVale McGee. His mother Pamela was an All-American for USC in the ‘80s and played and coached in the WNBA.