Foxsports.com's Jeff Goodman listed Shawn James as the 17th pick in his 2008 NBA mock draft published in July.
Goodman on Shawn James:
"The former Northeastern star bulked up this past season while sitting out due to transfer rules. He’s extremely athletic and is arguably the best shot-blocker in the country. If [Boston College’s] Sean Williams can be chosen 17th with his baggage, why can’t James?"
Not only was Williams chosen 17th overall, he has now been made a starter by the New Jersey Nets. In his third start of the season last night, Williams had 11 points, seven rebounds and eight blocked shots in 42 minutes of the Nets' 106-101 loss to Sacramento. His eight blocks tied a team rookie record set in 1981 by Mike Gminski.
I have been beating this Sean Williams - Shawn James comparison to death, I know. What can I say this 13 day layoff is killing me.