Southern California agent Chris Emens says he isn't one to help those who formulate mock NBA drafts, but this week he had seen enough.
With his client, Solomon Hill, sinking to the low second-round and off some mock draft boards, Emens decided to set one of them straight.
"I said, `You're way off on Solomon,' " Emens said.
Turns out, Emens wasn't just an agent trying to pump his client up. He said he knew that two teams even higher than Indiana were interested in Hill, who went No. 23 to the Pacers.
"It wasn’t like Indiana was the first team looking at him," Emens said. "He worked out great and everything we've kind of talked about with him was part of the process."
While Indiana GM Kevin Pritchard told reporters not to make too much into the fact that Hill was invited back for a second workout in Indiana -- and Hill said he never did -- Emens found it was a good sign.
"We knew they liked him a lot," Emens said. "He’s someone when he works out, he competes really hard. He’s a professional, strong and physical, and the more exposure he gets with teams, the better."
Hill didn't express surprise for landing in the first round, but he said he wasn't taking the guaranteed contract as a sign that he has it made. Hill will receive a guaranteed two-year deal worth about $1.1 million annually.
"It’s always good to have that on paper," Hill said. "I definitely feel like in any situation, I was going to compete my hardest. I’m going to look at it as an opportunity, not the number."
At his post-draft media briefing, Oklahoma City GM Sam Presti said the Thunder had bought Grant Jerrett from the Trail Blazers after Portland picked him No. 40.
Will be interesting to see if OKC gives Jerrett guaranteed money and whether he can make the Thunder's roster or go to the D-League...
According to unconfirmed reports, former Wildcat guard MoMo Jones signed a free-agent deal with Boston after going undrafted.
Mark Lyons and Kevin Parrom were not drafted as expected. Center Jeff Withey, who practiced with the Wildcats as a freshman in the fall of 2008 before Lute Olson retired, went 39 to Portland.
Couple of comments from UA coach Sean Miller in Arizona's news release on its draftees.
There's already some head-scratching in Minnesota over the pick of Shabazz Muhammad.
Hill wasn't the only first-round surprise: So was Colorado's Andre Roberson, who went 26th and eventually landed in Oklahoma City.
However, Cal's Allen Crabbe just missed the first round cut, going to the Blazers at No. 31.
And here's a surprise ... Aaron Gordon was named the San Jose Mercury News' boys athlete of the year.