"I thought it was important to look around the league and see how tough teams were. Seraphin is a really big tough kid ... Singleton is like that too. I do think changing the core personality and makeup of the team to be tough [is good]. You look at the teams that flourished in the playoffs: they were big, they were tough and they played defense. We're trying to remake the team, and you can't teach some of those things. A player like Singleton - I saw him in the workouts, he just looked tough, he just looked mean. Adding that kind of bulk and strength, along with great talent, is what we promised John Wall."
"Many have said this draft class was a weak one, but Ernie Grunfeld, the scouting team and the Wizards front office made some very strong picks last night. All three players — Jan Vesely, Chris Singleton and Shelvin Mack — hold the promise to contribute early on. Vesely is an explosive player who clearly has a ton of passion. Singleton should fortify our defense immediately and Shelvin Mack is already well-acquainted and clearly comfortable playing in the Verizon Center after his great showing here in March.
The team is blessed that each young man was still available. The road ahead will not be easy, but through hard work and dedication, the Wizards will have success. Ted Leonsis has the resolve and ability to steer the team in the right direction, and I look forward to watching the new players develop under the guidance of Coach Saunders and establish rapport with each other and their new teammates. The upcoming possibilities are exciting and I wish the new draftees and all of Wizards nation the best of luck in the coming years."
"Celebrate? I'm just going to go mark off the teams that passed me up. Probably just cuss them out in my head."
So Jan Vesely is a Wizard now. Here's your overflow thread.
UPDATE: And Chris Singleton too!
UPDATE: And Shelvin Mack too!
League sources now believe Jonas Valanciunas goes to Cavs at #4 even if Enes Kanter is still on the board.
"I would love to go to D.C. It doesn't matter which team, but I would love to go to D.C. It's [an] international city, and Obama loves basketball. I would love to play with John Wall. I think it's a great team."
Also being discussed for Utah: Trading #3 to Washington for #6+18. Then take whoever's left between Walker or Knight at 6. Kanter would go 3
Very real scenario being discussed in Cleveland. @Cavs trade #4 pick to @WashWizards for 6th & Wiz take Kanter. CLE would want 18 too.