Local reporters were not able to reach Shelvin Mack after the Washington Wizards selected him with the 34th overall pick on Thursday, but that may have been because Mack was so busy hanging out with CBSSports’ Jeff Goodman. Goodman spent a day with the junior point guard from Butler in Mack’s hometown of Lexington, Ky., and offered a pretty detailed report of the angst and excitement that goes into what amounts to a professional athlete prom.
Mack went from being a self-described “two-star recruit” who went to play in back-to-back national title games and he usually keeps his emotions in check. But after watching 33 players taken ahead of him, Mack finally had to leave and had a moment to himself to let out tears of joy. “I hadn’t cried in forever,” Mack told Goodman. “I can’t even remember the last time.”
The Wizards will introduce Jan Vesely, their first pick from the 2011 NBA draft, on Monday at Verizon Center. The event will be a little more toned down from the red-carpet, stretch-limo, “Game Changer” introduction that signaled John Wall’s arrival last season. But it will certainly be a welcome moment for Vesely, who is currently making just his second trip to the United States and has never been to Washington.
Chris Singleton and Mack are expected to be introduced in a separate news conference on either Tuesday or Wednesday.