Elonu determined to make Lakers

Good luck, buddy, you’re going to need it…

rookMy San Antonio: An elated Chinemelu Elonu watched the sun rise Friday morning, hours after his selection by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the NBA draft.

Had Elonu been up all night, celebrating his move from Texas A&M to Tinseltown? Hardly, prompting Aggies assistant coach Byron Smith to marvel at the resolve of the 6-foot-10 A&M forward who’s on a mission to make the NBA.

“Some guys, when they learn they’ll be taking it to another level, take it to another level all right — that night in the clubs,” Smith said. “But he was up early in the morning, running sprints and running hills.

“He understands what’s ahead of him.”

What’s ahead of Elonu, who spent Friday in College Station saying goodbye to his teammates and coaches, is a fight to make the roster of the NBA champions, after the Lakers selected him 59th, next to last, in the draft.

“Whenever you go from college to the NBA, you have to start all over again,” said Elonu, who had a year of eligibility remaining at A&M but has already graduated. “To show how hard I work, the hustle, rebounding, shot-blocking that I’m capable of — it’s a process that starts all over again.”

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  • xfellerx

    …dope.

  • SqErr

    makes me a little more relaxed about the FA situation.

  • jonathan

    We should put him in Europe for a few years, then bring him over when he will actually have a chance at making the team.

  • spongebob

    just another coby karl or sun yue

  • Philip

    Notice in the beginning it say sun rise i guess sun yue out and he’s in

  • Big Dick Nick

    Since Mbenga and Powell’s contracts are not guaranteed this year this guy has a shot to make the roster as a backup expecially if we lose LO.

  • James

    Interesting article on the draft that I found. Does Demar Derozon have any chance at being as good as Kobe?

    http://www.lolsports.com/nba/2009-nba-draft/

  • Al The Laker fan you should meet

    We wont lose LO and this guy will be on the team next year….Josh Powell was a bright spot for us but he may not make the cut.

  • the ape

    it’s great to read about this sort of attitude. i’m thinking this kid might be a way to get a powell/turiaf type of player for less money