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NBA Draft 2001: Wednesday, June 27
DeSagana Diop

DeSagana Diop
No. 8 pick, Cleveland Cavaliers


Q: How do you feel being selected No. 8 and going to Cleveland?

Diop:
I feel good, I feel great. I'm happy because they need a center.

Q: Did you have any idea that the Cavaliers were going to select you?

Diop:
I didn't have that feeling because when I worked out, I didn't think they liked me. I'm happy.

Q: Did you have a lot of contact with the team before the draft?

Diop:
They came to watch me to work out in New Jersey, where I worked out like an hour and a half.

Q: What were your impressions of the team?

Diop:
They said they didn't think they were going to take me. They said they needed a center. I asked them what they liked about my game, they said they liked my shot. I can shoot the ball pretty good.

Q: Did you think you should have been selected higher than No. 8? Or are you happy at being selected at that spot?

Diop:
That's good for me. I wanted to be number one, two or three. But that's good for me. I'm just happy to be here. I love it.

Q: Do you think you're ready to play at the NBA level?

Diop:
I'm willing to learn to get better, but I have confidence in myself.

Q: What do you think your biggest adjustment will be in making the transition to the NBA?

Diop:
I have to work on my offensive game a lot more. I can score more. I just have to work to get better offensively. I need to work on everything.

Q: How is your foot?

Diop:
That's the first question everybody asks me. My foot feels good. It's good.

Q: Who is here from your family?

Diop:
My mom is here, my sister and my two brothers are here.

Q: Is that the first time they've been here in States?

Diop:
Yeah, it's the first time.

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