Nic's Night

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Nikola Vucevic lived his dream last night when the Philadelphia 76ers made him a first round pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

"This was by far the greatest moment of my life," Vucevic told reporters.  "I had to cry a little bit and hug my parents and my agent."

vucevic-parents.jpgThe Montenegro big man continued an impressive run of Trojan success by becoming the fifth first rounder in the last five years, which is tied for the fifth-most in the country.  The NBA combine in Chicago made all the difference for the seven-footer.

"I liked him from the moment I saw him at the Chicago pre-draft camp," 76ers coach Doug Collins said in a media release. "He is a hard-working, skilled big man with the desire to succeed who gives us more size in the front court, which is a need. He is a player that we are ecstatic to have on our roster, and I look forward to coaching him."

Vucevic was not invited by the NBA to the green room, but he would not let that deter him from enjoying his moment on stage with commissioner David Stern.  He bought a seat among the spectators and made sure he was in the house to hear his name called.

"I knew I was going to be in the first round, and I just wanted to be able to shake David Stern's hand," Vucevic said.

vucevic.stern.jpg(Photos via OC Register)

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