It was announced on Monday that Cameron Oliver will be attending the 2017 NBA Draft which will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday.
Joining Oliver will be his girlfriend, Alecia Ashford, his six-month-old son, King, and his agent Todd Ramasar. Oliver, a projected second round pick, did not get a green room invite but made up his mind and decided to attend the NBA Draft last week.
“It was back and forth”, Oliver told the Reno Gazette on Monday. “It’s something you only get to do once in a lifetime, going up there and shaking hands with Adam Silver or the deputy commissioner, it’s like a big ole prom night. After that, I’m going to come back home and embrace the process”.
Recent mock drafts have Oliver going somewhere between the mid to late second round of the draft. NBADraft.net has Oliver going to the New York Knicks with the 44th pick, Draft Express has Oliver going to the Phoenix Suns with the 54th pick and ESPN has Oliver going to the Knicks but at pick number 58. Oliver has mentioned that he would like to be drafted by either the Golden State Warriors or the Sacramento Kings since he is originally from the Bay Area but despite his preferences, Oliver sounds like he is being flexible.
“It’s still wide open right now”, Oliver said on Monday. “Hopefully, I can stick on the west coast but I’m excited and will be grateful wherever I go.”
Oliver is just the sixth Wolf Pack underclassmen in school history to enter the draft. The previous five were drafted and Oliver is hoping to be the next Nevada underclassman to be drafted and make his young son proud.
“It’s something I’ll remember the rest of my life, said Oliver. “My son can look back one day and say my dad walked the state and I was there, and he probably won’t remember it but he can say he was there. I just want him to know if you put your mind to it and don’t give up, you can accomplish any goal you want to accomplish.”
The NBA Draft will begin at 4 pm on Thursday and will be shown on ESPN.