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Mississippi State Represented in NBA Draft, but not by Jamont Gordon or Charles Rhodes

Posted by Kyle Weidie on June 26, 2008

The initial headline I had for this post was Two Mississippi State Players Taken in 2nd Round. Unfortunately, it’s not me who comes out on the wrong end of that assumption. Neither Jamont Gordon nor Charles Rhodes were taken in the 2008 NBA Draft. Rhodes going undrafted was expected, but Gordon’s absence from the big board was a shocker.

Mississippi State Bulldog representation? Do you remember Walter Sharpe?

I certainly do. I got The Rock eyebrow when my favorite NBA team, the Washington Wizards, hosted Walter Sharpe for a workout. Both eyebrows raised when the Wizards worked Sharpe out a second time. If your memory of Walter Sharpe is still not refreshed, go read this post, The Brief History of Walter Sharpe, on Bullets Forever, a Washington Wizards blog.

The Washington Wizards held the 47th pick in the second round. Before the draft, I figured that if Sharpe were available there, they may take him, depending on what the Wizards did with the 18th pick (they chose big man project JaVale McGee out of Nevada). But how surprised was I when Walter Sharpe was taken by the Seattle Supersonics with the second overall pick in the 2nd round, #32? The Sonics, in turn, traded Sharpe to the Detroit Pistons.

Wow…..if NBA scouts think that highly of the kid, I can’t help but imagine the outcome if Sharpe had been able to fully develop as a Mississippi State Bulldog. My depression falls worse when Monta Ellis and Travis Outlaw come to mind. Then I start to wonder if Jonathan Bender would have avoided NBA injury trouble with college experience. I know, unreasonable dreams about woulda, coulda, shouldas.

So what happened to Jamont Gordon? Stay tuned for the fallout. 

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