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“Many have said this draft class was a weak one, but Ernie Grunfeld, the scouting team and the Wizards front office made some very strong picks last night. All three players — Jan Vesely, Chris Singleton and Shelvin Mack — hold the promise to contribute early on. Vesely is an explosive player who clearly has a ton of passion. Singleton should fortify our defense immediately and Shelvin Mack is already well-acquainted and clearly comfortable playing in the Verizon Center after his great showing here in March.

The team is blessed that each young man was still available. The road ahead will not be easy, but through hard work and dedication, the Wizards will have success. Ted Leonsis has the resolve and ability to steer the team in the right direction, and I look forward to watching the new players develop under the guidance of Coach Saunders and establish rapport with each other and their new teammates. The upcoming possibilities are exciting and I wish the new draftees and all of Wizards nation the best of luck in the coming years.”