Borchardt And Dunleavy Meet The Media Prior To Draft
June 8, 2002
Chicago, IL (AP) - Both have long held dreams of becoming professional athletes like their fathers and both are projected to be top-10 picks in the June 26 NBAdraft.
But neither Mike Dunleavy, a 6-foot-9-inch, 221-pound junior from Duke, norCurtis Borchardt, a 7-foot, 240-pound junior from Stanford, have decided ifthey want to go pro or stay in school.
The two met the media Saturday, along with eight other top prospects at theNBA's pre-draft camp.
'If I go through this process (of working out with teams) and I'm happywith everything that's going on and I'm excited I'll probably end up going tothe NBA,' said Borchardt, son of former NFL offensive lineman Jon Borchardt.'If I don't feel comfortable with it I'll probably go back to school. I don'tknow the likelihood of either at this point.'
Borchardt and Dunleavy both said a leap to the NBA likely would be a gutdecision.
'That's how I chose to go to Duke over other schools and this decision'seven bigger,' said the son of former NBA player and coach Mike Dunleavy. 'Ithink there's no wrong answer but there may be a better one.'
Besides Duleavy and Borchardt, other players widely expected to be highfirst-round NBA draft picks include Jay Williams (Duke), Drew Gooden (Kansas),Caron Butler (Connecticut), Dajuan Wagner (Memphis), Chris Wilcox (Maryland),Jared Jeffries (Indiana), Qyntel Woods (Northeast Mississippi Junior College)and power forward Maybyner 'Nene' Hilario from Brazil.
But none of them joined other NBA hopefuls during workouts last week atMoody Bible Institute in Chicago.
Dunleavy could return to Duke be a senior captain. Williams, his teammateand classmate, however, is ready to go.
'Duke has prepared me really well for this,' said Williams, a junior whomanaged to earn his sociology degree this month. 'Staying an extra year atDuke was great basketball-wise. It's been good because everyone came after methis year.
'It makes you prepare at a much higher level.'