Tag:Daniel Orton
Posted on: April 7, 2010 7:06 pm

Five UK underclassmen entering NBA Draft

Kentucky's John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson, Daniel Orton and Eric Bledsoe are all, as expected, declaring for the NBA Draft, school officials announced Wednesday.

All five players are projected first-round picks.

Wall will likely go No. 1 overall.

Cousins and Patterson should both join him in the lottery.

Kentucky finished 35-3 this season.

The Wildcats lost to West Virginia in the Elite Eight.
Posted on: March 31, 2010 7:40 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2010 9:53 pm

Report: UK's Orton entering NBA Draft

Kentucky freshman Daniel Orton -- a reserve who averaged just 3.4 points and 3.3 rebounds a game this season -- is making himself available for the NBA Draft, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported Wednesday night.

"We had some teams say there was interest,” Orton's father, Larry Orton, told the Courier-Journal's Brett Dawson.

Orton could be the first of five underclassmen to leave Kentucky early. John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and Patrick Patterson are essentially locks to the declare for the draft considering all three are projected lottery picks, and sources have told CBSSports.com that Eric Bledsoe is also leaning toward entering.

Larry Orton said his son will not immediately hire an agent.

The deadline for amateurs to withdraw from the draft is May 8.

Posted on: April 15, 2009 10:40 am
Edited on: May 18, 2009 9:25 pm

Pastner trying to lure NBA scout

Josh Pastner has asked the Denver Nuggets for permission to speak with Jack Murphy about a job on the Memphis staff, a source close to the program told CBSSports.com on Wednesday.

Murphy is a scout for the Nuggets, a close friend of Pastner's, a former Arizona manager and the son-in-law of Arizona athletic director Jim Livengood. He is respected as a tremendous workout guy, someone Denver coach George Karl values greatly, which could make it tough for Pastner to lure Murphy away from the NBA.

But he's trying.

Meantime, former Rice head coach Willis Wilson and former Kentucky assistant Glynn Cyprien were on the Memphis campus Tuesday interviewing for jobs, two sources added. Wilson was the head coach at Rice for 16 seasons. Cyprien was with Billy Gillispie at Kentucky the past two seasons, and was the primary recruiter of Daniel Orton, a 6-foot-9 center ranked as the 12th-best prospect in the Class of 2009.

Orton told Scout.com's Evan Daniels last week that he might re-open his recruitment.

He is expected to make a decision on whether to stay with UK or look elsewhere in the coming weeks.

Posted on: October 12, 2008 8:19 pm

Orton commits to Kentucky

Kentucky managed to keep instate rival Louisville from stealing all the headlines this weekend when it gained a commitment from Class of 2009 star Daniel Orton. The 6-foot-10 center announced his intention to play for the Wildcats at a Sunday press conference, giving Billy Gillispie an obvious insurance policy in case Patrick Patterson enters the NBA Draft after his sophomore season.

Orton is rated as the 12th-best senior in the nation by Scout.com.

He had additional offers from Oklahoma State, Ohio State and a host of other schools.

With Orton off the board, that means13 of the top 20 prospects in Scout.com's Class of 2009 rankings have committed to sign with a particular school next month. Here's an up-to-date rundown of the list:

1. Derrick Favors (uncommitted)

2. John Wall (uncommitted)

3. John Henson (committed to North Carolina)

4. Xavier Henry (uncommitted)

5. Renardo Sidney (uncommitted)

6. DeMarcus Cousins (committed to UAB)

7. Lance Stephenson (uncommitted)

8. Kenny Boynton (uncommitted)

9. Abdul Gaddy (committed to Arizona)

10. Avery Bradley (committed to Texas)

11. Ryan Kelly (committed to Duke)

12. Daniel Orton (committed to Kentucky)

13. Jordan Hamilton (committed to Texas)

14. Alex Oriakhi (committed to Connecticut)

15. Dominic Cheek (uncommitted)

16. Wally Judge (committed to Kansas State)

17. Dante Taylor (committed to Pittsburgh)

18. Dexter Strickland (committed to North Carolina)

19. Mason Plumlee (committed to Duke)

20. Thomas Robinson (committed to Kansas)

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: August 14, 2008 6:11 pm

Henry, Orton highlight Nike team headed to Brazil

Nine high school basketball players left the United States today for Brazil, where they will compete against some of the top teams from South America on a Nike-sponsored trip. The Americans will visit three cities and play four games before returning next Saturday.

Here's a list of the participants:

(College situation is in parenthesis)

  • Avery Bradley (uncommitted)
  • Jamal Coombs-McDaniel (committed to Connecticut)
  • Keith Gallon (uncommitted)
  • Xavier Henry (uncommitted)
  • Milton Jennings (committed to Clemson)
  • Tommy Mason-Griffin (committed to Oklahoma)
  • Alex Oriakhi (committed to Connecticut)
  • Daniel Orton (uncommitted)
  • Phil Pressey (uncommitted)

Two of those players -- Jennings and Pressey -- were subjects of columns at CBSSports.com this week.

You can read those here and here.

Pressey is the only Class of 2010 prospect competing.

Everybody else is from the Class of 2009.

Also worth noting is that the group will be joined on the trip by Brazilian Anderson Varejao of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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