There's only one person who can generate a buzz around basketball in College Station in the middle of June—Acie Law IV.
For at least a night, Aggies took a break from Adidas uniform discussions, and counting down to fall two-a-days. Instead, they threw NBA draft parties to watch Acie Law IV become the highest NBA draft pick in school history. The NBA draft was even the topic of discussion on local country radio stations in College Station.
With the 11th overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft, the Atlanta Hawks selected Law who was accompanied by his family and former A&M coach Billy Gillispie.
Law credited his family for being there with him during the 0-17 finish his freshman year Gillispie with taking his game to another level and turning him into a leader on the court and turning the Aggies into a national power.
"I've got a great set of parents who have always supported me through all the tough times I've been though," said Law. "And I was fortunate enough to play for one of the best college basketball coaches in America in Coach Gillispie. He came in with a winning attitude and we changed our mindset and we were able to turn the program around."
In addition to giving credit to Gillispie, Law also credited his dad, Acie Law III with developing his work ethic at an early age. Law III had a no shooting rule for Law IV as a kid until he developed his fundamental skills.
"It taught me how to focus on one thing and develop a work ethic when I was a kid," Law said. "My dad wanted me to develop the fundamentals of the game, so he made that rule and stuck with it. It was tough but it got me where I am today."
Going into the draft, Law was hoping to go to a team where he would have a chance to play and develop. He'll have that opportunity with Atlanta, who was the youngest team in the NBA in 2006-07. The Hawks were loaded with young talent and added even more with their two picks in this year's draft.
What they lacked the most last season was a point guard that could lead that talent, which is why they went after Law from day one.
In addition to Law, the Hawks took Florida's power forward Al Horford with the No. 3 overall pick in the draft.
Law is just the third player in school history to be drafted in the first round of the NBA draft, but the second in three years. Antoine Wright was the No. 15 overall pick in 2005 by New Jersey and Sonny Parker was drafted by Golden State in 1976 with the 17th overall pick.
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