Cassell ready to rock with Rockets

July 02, 1993|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,Staff Writer

East Baltimore may be home to former Dunbar High school standout Sam Cassell, but going to Houston to play professional basketball will be a homecoming of sorts.

In Wednesday's NBA draft, the Houston Rockets made Cassell the 24th pick of the first round. Cassell is the first Baltimore player to be selected in the first round since former Dunbar stars Reggie Lewis, Reggie Williams and Muggsy Bogues went in the first round in 1987. In going to Houston, Cassell will be in the same area where he played his first two years of college basketball.

"I went to school in Houston [San Jacinto Junior College, just outside Houston], so I'm delighted," said Cassell, a 6-foot-3 guard who played his last two seasons at Florida State.

"I'm very pleased where I'm going."

Three weeks ago, Cassell worked out for the Rockets, the only team that he visited in the weeks before the draft.

"Houston is a playoff-contending team, and they came up just one game short of the Western Conference finals," said Cassell, who was not at a movie during Wednesday's draft -- as a family member said -- but was watching the proceedings with his 1-year-old son. "I knew they were interested in me, and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to show off my skills."

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