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Virginia players have NBA aspirations

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -  Many college basketball stars have reached a crossroads.  Only 60 of them will hear their names called in June's NBA draft.  The other seniors will either have to quit the game, or go play in another league, or country.

Many Virginia players are hoping their basketball careers continue.  Richmond's Justin Harper seems to be the in-state product who has the brightest NBA future.  Mock drafts by national NBA prognosticators have the Meadowbrook product as an early second round pick.  But other guys are not as solidly in the draft.

The next two Virginia products who are hearing good things about their NBA draft status are George Mason's Cam Long, and VCU's Jamie Skeen.  Long is a mid-second round pick, while Skeen, who was nowhere close to people's draft boards before the Final Four run, is slipping into the mid-to-late second round. Skeen spent Friday meeting with agents, and he hopes to have some personal workouts with NBA teams in the next two weeks.

Other players have NBA hopes but they may have to wait a few years.  Richmond's Kevin Anderson has received feedback that he could be a future NBA player, but he may have to go overseas first.  Virginia Tech's Jeff Allen and Terrell Bell are in similar situations.  For those guys, they're just going to work out as much as they can the next two weeks, and just hope they get some calls from NBA teams.

Then for other seniors, they're just hoping to find somewhere to keep playing.  VCU's Joey Rodriguez has all ready started playing in a league in Puerto Rico.  Richmond's Dan Geriot will sign with an agent, who will place him in a league overseas.  For those guys, they just love playing the sport of basketball, and have a dream of playing professionally, even if it's not in the NBA.

But for all the guys, the next two months will be hectic, whether it be working out for NBA teams, or, figuring out what country they are going to spend the next phase of their life.

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