In his four years at Florida State, Bob Sura's play ranged from reckless to erratic to brilliant. But the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night decided Sura's talent was worth the uncertainty, making him the 17th pick in the first round of the NBA draft.
Sura, who finished his career as the Seminoles' all-time scoring leader, grinned when he heard his name called at Toronto's SkyDome, where the draft was conducted. He was the third shooting guard selected, behind No.
8 pick Shawn Respert of Michigan State and No.
15 pick Brent Barry of Oregon State.
The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Sura is regarded as a talented and versatile player who could play either shooting guard or point guard for the Cavs _ a team that two weeks ago acquired shooting guard Harold Miner from the Miami Heat.
Sura said he was surprised Cleveland selected him, because he had not worked out for the Cavs. Sura did not attend any of the predraft camps.
Florida center Andrew DeClercq, a former Clearwater Countryside star, was picked 34th by the Golden State Warriors. DeClercq was projected as a first-rounder, but was passed over by the Orlando Magic _ one of the teams most interested in him.