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 The Register-Guard

It couldn't have gone much better for Luke Jackson than it did Thursday night.

His wait after the NBA draft The NBA Draft is an annual North American event in which the National Basketball Association's (NBA) thirty teams (29 in the United States and one in Toronto, Canada) can select players who wish to join the league.  began didn't last an hour before NBA NBA
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 commissioner David Stern

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 announced that Oregon's No. 2 all-time leading scorer was the 10th selection in the draft, by the Cleveland Cavaliers The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. They began playing in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a 1970 expansion team and won their first Eastern Conference Championship in 2007. . The response from Creswell, where Jackson was watching with family members, was pure ecstasy.

`We were on the edge of our seats and as soon as he called my name, everyone leaped in the air,' Jackson said. `We were all hugging. It was great.'

That was a big reason Jackson chose to watch the draft at his parents' home, rather than be in New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
. Plus, instead of wearing one of those suits tailor-made for the potential top picks, Jackson could come to his news conference in a tank top and wearing his new team cap - provided by his sister and girlfriend - with the bill to the back.

`I just felt like it was a time I should spend with family and friends,' Jackson said. `Why not spend it with people I care about and got me there?'

As nice as it was to have the anxiety over and be in the company of his choosing, Jackson was equally delighted with the team that holds his rights as a professional player.

`Going to Cleveland, where I'm going to fit in, that feels real good,' Jackson told a news conference held later Thursday evening in the Casanova Center. `I feel like there's something special there and there's a need for a guy like me ... I'm pretty happy about that.'

Well, welcome to Cleveland, responded the Cavs.

``It wasn't just his ability to shoot the ball,'' Cavaliers general manager Jim Paxson James Joseph (Jim) Paxson (born July 9, 1957 in Kettering, Ohio) was a guard/forward with an 11-year career from 1979-1990 in the NBA. He played for the Portland Trail Blazers and Boston Celtics of the NBA and was subsequently inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.  said. ``We think he's a good basketball player.''

Later Thursday, South Eugene High and Gonzaga University standout Blake Stepp Blake Roy Stepp (born February 4, 1982 in Eugene, Oregon) is an American basketball player who graduated from Gonzaga University and was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2004 NBA Draft.  was selected with the 58th pick of the draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves The Minnesota Timberwolves are a professional basketball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. Their organization is a member of the National Basketball Association (NBA). .

Stepp, the West Coast Conference player of the year, was the only player picked by the defending Midwest Division champions, who forfeited their first-round pick because of an under-the-table contract offer to forward Joe Smith.

"The thing I like about Blake is he's played four years of college in a very good program, in a lot of big games," said Kevin McHale Kevin Edward McHale (born December 19, 1957) is an American former professional basketball player who starred for thirteen seasons in the NBA for the Boston Celtics. He is currently an executive (Vice President of Basketball Operations) with the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves. , the Wolves' vice president of basketball operations, in a statement on the team's Web site. "I saw him in person against Arizona two years ago in an unbelievable game. They put on a heck of a show, and I've liked the kid since then. He's closer to playing than a lot of other guys that are coming out right now."

Jackson was told by the Cavs they'll call again this morning to plan a visit to Cleveland in the coming days. The team also wanted to let him know his favorite No. 33 jersey was available, if he wanted to stay with that number.

`That's probably what I'll wear,' Jackson said.

Jackson is the 10th Oregon player to be selected in the first round of the NBA draft, and the third in as many years following Fred Jones This article is about the basketball player. For other people with the same name, see Fred Jones (disambiguation).
Frederick (Fred) Terrell Jones (born March 11 1979) is an American professional basketball player who plays at the shooting guard position for
 in 2002 and Luke Ridnour Lucas Robin (Luke) Ridnour (born February 13 1981 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) is an American professional basketball player for the Seattle SuperSonics of the NBA. He was born in Idaho and grew up in Blaine, Washington.  last year, both as the 14th selection in their respective drafts.

`I think it speaks volumes about our program,' UO coach Ernie Kent Ernie Kent (Born January 22, 1955 in Rockford, Illinois) is the current head men's basketball coach at the University of Oregon. He has been the Ducks' coach since he replaced Jerry Green after Green left for University of Tennessee after the 1996-97 season.  said. `I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)

"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party.
 how many teams in the country can say the same thing, and when people want to know why (recruits) are choosing this program, that's a big reason.'

Jackson seconded that idea: `Freddie and Luke paved the way for me, and I think there are guys in the program or coming into the program that I can do the same for ... it's starting to look like pro guards go to the University of Oregon The University of Oregon is a public university located in Eugene, Oregon. The university was founded in 1876, graduating its first class two years later. The University of Oregon is one of 60 members of the Association of American Universities. .'

In the past two decades, only three other Pac-10 schools have had players selected in the first round in three consecutive years: Arizona State with Alton Lister Alton Lavelle Lister (born October 1, 1958 in Dallas, Texas) is a retired American professional basketball player who was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1st round (21st overall) of the 1981 NBA Draft.  in 1981, Lafayette Lever in '82 and Byron Scott in '83; Arizona with Chris Mills in '93, Khalid Reeves in '94 and Damon Stoudamire in '95; and Stanford with Mark Madsen in 2000, Jason Collins in '01 and Curtis Borchardt and Casey Jacobson in '02. UCLA UCLA University of California at Los Angeles
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UCLA University of Carrollton, TX and Lower Addison, TX
 once had a player selected in the first round of eight consecutive NBA drafts, from 1973 through 1980.

In becoming the highest-picked player from Oregon since Greg Ballard went fourth overall in the 1977 draft, Jackson positioned himself to sign a contract that could be worth about $5 million over the next three years, with all the money guaranteed and the length set by the NBA. The salary scale for the 10th pick this year is set at $1.52 million, with a team allowed to pay as little as 80 percent of that amount or as much as 120 percent of the figure. The scale for the No. 10 selection increases to $1.63 million in the 2005-06 season and $1.74 million in the final year.

`That's just a bonus,' Jackson said of his financial gain. `It doesn't seem like you should get paid that much to do something that you love. I have the best job in the world right now.'

In Cleveland, Jackson joins a team that went from one of the NBA's worst to finishing one game out of the Eastern Conference's final playoff berth last season, following the drafting of LeBron James as the first overall pick last June. The NBA rookie of the year Rookie of the Year may refer to:
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 led the Cavs with a 20.9 scoring average, but like most of his teammates struggled as an outside shooter.

As a team, Cleveland shot 31.4 percent on three-point attempts, the worst mark in the league. The Cavs then lost their top outside shooter earlier this week when Jason Kapono, a former Jackson foe at UCLA, was taken by Charlotte in the expansion draft. To compensate for that, the Cavs then acquired Aleksandar Pavlovic from Charlotte.

Jackson, who made 44 percent of his three-pointers as a senior with the Ducks, then was drafted to add more outside shooting.

`We really needed a shooter,' Cavs coach Paul Silas said, predicting that Jackson will have a significant role as a rookie. ``He's going to play some minutes for me.''

Jackson said the Cavs showed a strong interest in testing his shooting during his workout for the team.

`I had a really good workout (in Cleveland). Not stellar but decent and I'm glad they saw what they needed to see,' he said.

The Cavs are a relatively young team. James is 20 years old, and second-leading scorer Carlos Boozer turns 23 in November. The team improved last season after acquiring Jeff McInnis from Portland to play point guard, and it's also expected that 21-year-old Dajuan Wagner, Cleveland's top choice in the 2002 draft, will continue to improve his game.

In the revamped NBA, Cleveland will play in a very difficult Central Division next season, along with NBA champion Detroit, an Indiana team that had the league's best overall record in the past season, Chicago and Milwaukee. Because that division is in the NBA's Eastern Conference, the Cavs will play only once in Portland next season, with the NBA schedule to be announced To be announced (TBA)

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 later this summer.

Had the Cavs passed on Jackson, he had a good chance at ending up with a team closer to his home with Golden State, Seattle and Portland holding the next three selections.

`It would have been nice to stay on the West Coast, and who knows, maybe down the road that will be a possibility, to come back home,' Jackson said. `I'm just really excited to be playing on a team that has the potential to be a contender in the next couple of years.'

Plus, this night was going about as well as it could, and the party at the Jacksons had hardly begun.

`I'm the luckiest guy,' Jackson said. `I have no complaints right now. I've got my (college) degree, I just got picked 10th in the draft ... life is good.'

FIRST-ROUND DUCKS

1955: Jim Luscutoff, Celtics (4)

1966: Jim Barnett, Celtics (8)

1971: Stan Love, Bullets (9)

1976: Ron Lee, Suns (10)

1977: Greg Ballard, Bullets (4)

1985: Blair Rasmussen, Nuggets Nuggets can refer to several branches of interest:
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  • , a Rhino Records box set of non-U.S.
 (15)

1991: Terrell Brandon, Cavaliers (11)

2002: Fred Jones, Pacers (14)

2003: Luke Ridnour, Sonics (14)

2004: Luke Jackson, Cavaliers (10)

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Luke Jackson dons a Cleveland Cavaliers baseball cap during a media session Thursday at the Casanova Center, after the Cavaliers took the former UO and Creswell standout with the 10th selection. He is the third Duck in as many years to be chosen in the first round.
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Title Annotation:Sports; Former UO standout goes as 10th pick to Cleveland; Minnesota selects Stepp
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Date:Jun 25, 2004
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