Huskies, Zags slipping in NBA mock drafts

The Huskies’ successful season — Pac-10 title, second round of the NCAA Tournament — didn’t do much to raise the NBA draft stock of seniors Jon Brockman and Justin Dentmon.

Neither is projected by to be picked in this year’s draft.

Brockman, at 6-foot-7, is a classic case of an effective college big man whose game likely won’t translate to the NBA.

Dentmon, at 5-11, is also undersized for the NBA, but his stock may have been hurt more by his inconsistency during his college career. He started all 35 games for Washington this season and averaged 14.4 points per game, but it wasn’t enough to erase the memory of his disappointing junior year (9.8 ppg).

Gonzaga’s success hasn’t helped its draft prospects either. Six months ago, projected four Gonzaga players would go in the two-round draft — Josh Heytvelt, Jeremy Pargo, Austin Daye and Micah Downs. Daye looks like he’ll stick around Spokane another year. Pargo has fallen off the charts after a disappointing and erratic season. Heytvelt has gone from a late first-rounder to an early second rounder. Downs, a former Juanita star, is hanging around as a potential late second-rounder.

That doesn’t mean the West Coast isn’t well represented.

The Pac-10 has nine players projected in the 60-pick draft. That means 15 percent of the 2009 draft class could be from the Huskies’ conference. UCLA leads the way with three players — Jrue Holiday, Darren Collison and Josh Shipp. And Josh Akognon of Cal State Fullerton is expected to go late in the second round.

Gerry Spratt