Snider happy with Sixers' draft picks

Posted: June 30, 2007

Ed Snider, the chairman of the 76ers, doesn't pay attention to mock drafts, which is why he gave his team a high grade for Thursday's selections.

The Sixers took Georgia Tech small forward Thaddeus Young and Colorado State power forward Jason Smith with the 12th and 20th picks (after flip-flopping with Miami for No. 21) in the first round. They got Vanderbilt swingman Derrick Byars and Providence forward-center Herbert Hill in the second with picks 42 and 55.

"I'm thrilled with our draft and thought we did extremely well," Snider said yesterday by phone. "We got the guys who we had ranked 10th and 13th overall on our board in the first round."

Snider was in the Sixers' war room as they made the selections, and he heard the criticism by those who didn't see the 19-year-old Young's name that high on mock drafts.

"We rely on scouts and aren't interested in mock drafts," he said. "I think Thaddeus Young has phenomenal upside, and Jason Smith is somebody I'm excited about seeing compete."

Snider didn't discard the later picks, saying he was surprised that Byars was still available at No. 42.

The Sixers' selections have, by and large, received glowing reports about their character, and Snider said the fans would want to connect with these rookies.

"There is so much talk about who we didn't get, but I want to focus on who is here in Philadelphia," he said. "With all the picks, draft night was exciting, and now I am really looking forward to watching the development of these players."


Contact staff writer Marc Narducci at 856-779-3225 or mnarduccci@phillynews.com. Read his blog at http://go.philly.com/deepsixer.

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