The Moore American

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July 3, 2013

Pro dreams realized for OKC rookies

EDMOND — Andre Roberson had no idea where he was going. On draft night, the Colorado product said he was at home watching the telecast like any other NBA fan wondering if his named was going to be called.

So when it was announced Oklahoma City had moved up three spots in the first round to pick the athletic forward, Roberson was just as surprised as anyone. But the 21-year old said he couldn’t be more satisfied with his new home.

“It was a dream come true,” Roberson said. “A surreal moment. When people say it’s like a dream, it’s really like a dream. I had a 100,000 different emotions running through me. I was happy that I get to play for this organization.”

Roberson was the second of four rookies the Thunder acquired on draft night. Three of them, Roberson, Steve Adams and Grant Jerrett, had their first press conference as members of the Thunder Saturday. The only one not on hand was Alex Abrines.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to add these young men to our organization,” Oklahoma City General Manager Sam Presti said. “We’ve always focused on bringing in young players who are motivated to work, motivated to improve, motivated to get better. That’s the mark of a high performing organization. That’s what we are striving here to accomplish in Oklahoma City.”

Adams, a skilled, athletic 7-footer who possesses physicality and toughness, was Oklahoma City’s first pick of the night. The 19-year-old New Zealander was taken with the No. 12 pick overall.

During his lone season at the University of Pittsburgh, Adams (7-0, 250 pounds) appeared in 32 games and registered averages of 7.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 23.4 minutes per game.

Adams was named to the Big East All-Rookie Team after ranking first all-time in school history for field goal percentage (.571), second in blocked shots (63) and sixth in rebounds (192) for freshman seasons. He became the first player from New Zealand to be taken in the first round of the NBA Draft.

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