O'Bryant hires agent, commits to entering NBA draft
Slowly, each day it seems, underclassmen who declared for the NBA draft without an agent are signing up to stay in the draft.
Thursday it was Texas junior forward P.J. Tucker.
Friday, welcome Bradley 7-foot sophomore Patrick O'Bryant into the NBA.
Agent Andy Miller told ESPN.com on Friday afternoon that he signed O'Bryant and turned in the papers to the NBA. Miller had been acting as an advisor to O'Bryant since he declared on April 22. O'Bryant leaped onto the national scene by leading the Bradley Braves to the Sweet 16. O'Bryant was the Missouri Valley Conference defensive player of the year, a second-team all-MVC selection and averaged 13.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and blocked 2.9 shots a game. His 147 swats in two seasons put him 10th in Valley history.
NBA personnel have told ESPN.com they expect O'Bryant to become a lottery pick.
Miller raved about O'Bryant's potential as a cross between Stromile Swift and Theo Ratliff.
Miller said he will hold an NBA-sponsored workout in Orlando, in conjunction with the NBA draft camp June 7, to showcase O'Bryant for NBA teams. Miller also represents seniors Connecticut's Rashad Anderson, Notre Dame's Torin Francis and Denver's Yemi Nicholson in this draft. He's also acting as an advisor for N.C. State sophomore center Cedric Simmons and Villanova sophomore guard Kyle Lowry.
Simmons and Lowry are still unsure whether they will stay in the draft. Miller is allowed to advise but cannot give an underclassmen money or act as a representative with teams in setting up workouts for the player or else it could jeopardize their amateur status. Simmons and Lowry may also be a part of a workout in Orlando if they choose to pay for it themselves.
Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com.