O'Bryant drafted in 2nd round by Milwaukee
by Andy Collier
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Angela Moore gives her son Johnny O'Bryant a tearful embrace of joy after he was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks as the 36th overall pick in the second round of the NBA Draft Thursday.
Angela Moore gives her son Johnny O'Bryant a tearful embrace of joy after he was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks as the 36th overall pick in the second round of the NBA Draft Thursday.
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Cleveland native and basketball star Johnny O' Bryant had a night that will be forever burned into his brain.

On Thursday, the former East Side High School and Louisiana State University standout, along with a packed house of friends, family and supporters, watched the NBA Draft on the big screen at the Senator's Place Restaurant in Cleveland.

Many stared at the big screen, as players' names were called, anxious to see O'Bryant's name or hear it called.

At approximately 10:15 p.m. central time, the Milwaukee Bucks selected the 6-foot-9 power forward with the 36th overall pick in the second round.

"It's a special moment," The two-time All-SEC selection said about getting drafted. "Everything I've been through and where I come from. I've got a lot of people from my city supporting me. They stayed here the whole time waiting on my name to be called. I got the opportunity to go make a name for myself and my city and that's what I'm trying to do."

O'Bryant said the wait to hear his name had him on the edge of his seat.

"I just didn't know," O'Bryant said. "I didn't know anything. All of these people came out and have been here since 6:30 and were just waiting. Me and mother and father and my agent, we were just sitting here waiting and didn't know what was going to happen. Finally, I saw my name come across the screen, and it was a big moment."

Through out his career, O'Bryant has battled through his share of nagging injuries that has caused him to miss playing time in high school and college, but he continued to battle and succeed.

"It took a lot of hard work," O'Bryant said. "It took everything I had in me to get to this point, but I thank God and I thank these people that came by and supported me. Without them and without God this wouldn't be possible."

No one was more proud of him than his mother Angela Moore. Moore gave O'Bryant big hugs as they had tears in their eyes.

"Oh my goodness," an emotional Moore said moments after the news came across the screen. "I'm just so happy. I'm happy for him. All the hard work he's put in. Just through the years, he's always been the underdog. He's always had to prove himself. That's just another step. It's just another stepping stone. He's going to be alright. Oh my goodness!"

The 21-year-old is grateful for what his mother did for him over the years to help him reach the level he is at.

"She sacrificed everything for me," O'Bryant said. "Without her, I definitely wouldn't be standing here. Her pushing me is definitely a big reason why I'm standing here right now."

East Side head coach Leroy Cotton, who coached O'Bryant in high school, has always been impressed with how O'Bryant has handled success.

"His momma did a good job of keeping him grounded," Cotton said. "Through all the accolades he got, he never got to the point to where he got a big head. He was always one of the guys. He didn't want anything extra. He's just a great guy."

O'Bryant was part of a Milwaukee Bucks draft class that featured Duke University small forward Jabari Parker (1st round, 2nd pick), small forward Damien Inglis (2nd round, 31st pick, France) and Pittsburg shooting guard Lamar Patterson (2nd round, 48th pick).

O'Bryant feels great about the organization that drafted him.

"They obviously brought in Jabari Parker who is a great player, so I'm just going to try and come in and do whatever I can for the organization," O'Bryant adde