Siler passed over in draft

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When the name Robert Dozier, of Memphis, was called with the final pick of the NBA Draft, Garret Siler never said a bad word.

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Former Augusta State star Garret Siler (left) watches the NBA Draft with his family and friends at his parents' Augusta home on Thursday.  Michael Holahan/Staff
Michael Holahan/Staff
Former Augusta State star Garret Siler (left) watches the NBA Draft with his family and friends at his parents' Augusta home on Thursday.

"He's a good guy," Siler said.

After a long, draining NBA Draft, the former Augusta State All-American never heard his phone ring or his name called Thursday night as he sat in his parents' living room.

"It's a good experience just to have my name mentioned with the NBA Draft," he said. "I'm not complaining. It's just a different road to take."

Though he didn't get picked in the draft, which lasted two rounds and totaled 60 picks, Siler's NBA dream is far from over.

Just because the 22-year-old Siler didn't get drafted, he can still latch onto a team through the league's Free Agent Camp this summer. And Siler has a few connections.

Through his agent, Siler knows he may be going to Dallas, Houston and Miami for an extended job interview this summer.

"Everything happens for a reason," Siler said. "I see this as a challenge."

"He's talented," former teammate Demetrius Howard said.

"Not getting drafted is not the end of the world. From the looks of it, he's very motivated. This is just a speed bump."

The 7-foot, 278-pound Siler set the NCAA career record for field-goal percentage. This past season, he shot 79 percent from the floor, averaging 16.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.6 blocks a game.

Siler was bidding to become the first Peach Belt Conference player, as well as the third Augusta State player (Joe McBride, Chip Johnson), selected in the NBA Draft.

Siler also was trying to become the first local player to get selected in the NBA Draft since William Avery (Westside) and Vonteego Cummings (Thomson) in 1999.

Avery, the No. 14 pick by Minnesota, played three seasons for the Timberwolves. Cummings went No. 26 to Indiana, which traded him to Golden State.

He played three seasons in the NBA (two with the Warriors, one with Philadelphia).

Siler helped lead Augusta State to the Division II national championship game during his junior season.

This past season, he helped the Jaguars to a 30-5 record and an appearance in the Division II Final Four.

Siler finished his collegiate career seventh in school history in scoring (1,599 points).

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/26/09 - 08:26 am
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I have no doubt Garret will

I have no doubt Garret will be playing in the NBA this year. He may even have to be called up from the practice squad, but he'll make it.

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hockeymann 06/26/09 - 09:10 am
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It sure would be good to have

It sure would be good to have a genuinely nice person like Garrett in the NBA to offset the tremendous number of thugs
and garbage that are now in the NBA.

Good Times
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Good Times 06/26/09 - 10:32 am
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Hockeymann, you are a coward.

Hockeymann, you are a coward. Thug is a code word for the n word. Quit hiding behind a blog and come out with your white sheet on.

BOBO
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BOBO 06/26/09 - 11:08 am
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Garret hang tough.. You WILL

Garret hang tough.. You WILL realize your dreams, thanks for everything you have done while at ASU and for our community...GOD WILL REWARD YOU... Hang Tough

GaryBlutoBlutarsky
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GaryBlutoBlutarsky 06/26/09 - 12:13 pm
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Goodtimes you're an idiot.

Goodtimes you're an idiot. There are plenty of white "thugs" and hockeymann just said it would have been nice the see Garret in the NBA; last i checked he was black. Get over yourself.

DowntownJaguar
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DowntownJaguar 06/26/09 - 01:36 pm
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I will miss hockeymann's

I will miss hockeymann's pleas for the refs to "GET HIM OFF THE BIG MAN!!!"

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/26/09 - 04:20 pm
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Someone keep us informed if

Someone keep us informed if Garret gets a call as a free agent to come to camp.

Chris Gay
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Chris Gay 06/26/09 - 05:51 pm
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Riverman1, I plan to.

Riverman1, I plan to.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/26/09 - 08:05 pm
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Garret will get picked up

Garret will get picked up because he's an asset worth having. I don't know how nice he is, but he's a superior round-baller. He adds the type of oil that makes a team work smoothly.

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