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Posted: Thursday, 26 June 2014 6:39AM

Louisiana basketball stars expected to be selected in NBA draft

Tonight is the NBA draft and a Gretna native is expected to be a top pick.

Ragin Cajuns point guard Elfrid Payton is expected to become the third player taken in the first round from the Lafayette school. UL Lafayette Coach Bob Marlin says the team that takes Payton is getting a good leader and guy who has a lot of upside.

"His shot has gotten better and better," Marlin said. "He shot it really good in the workouts, which has propelled him to the top part of the draft."
Payton averaged 19 points, six rebounds, six assists and two steal per game last season and helped the Ragin Cajuns reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005. Analysts say Payton could be a lottery pick tonight and Marlin says NBA scouts love his quickness and ability to get to the basket off the dribble.
"He just has that knack to get around people."
In the second round of tonight's draft, LSU forward Johnny O' Bryant is expected to be selected. The forward from Mississippi has worked out for 16 teams over the last few weeks, but he has no idea who will take him.
"It's so nerve racking man, how it will turn out," Obryant said. "I worked as hard as I can. I'm hoping my name will be called, so I can continue my journey."
O'Bryant averaged 15 points and eight rebounds during his junior season. He shot 50-percent from the field last year, which was the fourth best mark in the Southeastern Conference. The Mississippi native says he's worked hard on his long-range jump shot.
"I'm starting to knock down NBA 3s pretty well."

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