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Coach K Has High Hopes For Battier In NBA Draft

Posted June 27, 2001

— He led the Duke Blue Devils to the national title, and in a few hours, Shane Battier may lead the NBA draft.

Battier says every kid who has ever picked up a basketball dreams of the day when the commissioner calls your name and you put on a funny-looking hat.

Battier's dream may come true Wednesday night. He has all the credentials. Battier was named player of the year, he has court smarts and a proven work ethic.

But in this climate, not even Battier's coach knows what to expect.

"I expect him to go high, but who knows. It just depends how other people have workouts. I think he is the most proven person in the draft, but then some people won't take that. They might take what will be a future," says Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.

The North Carolina Tar Heels should also figure in this draft.

Brendan Haywood is expected to be among the first college big men taken. Joseph Forte figures to be among the top shooting guards picked.

Both are projected for mid to late in the first round.

The draft begins at 8 p.m.

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