Face to face with Darko

In Yugoslavia, Chad Ford caught up with Darko Milicic, a player who could go as high as No. 2 in the NBA draft.

Updated: December 30, 2002, 12:09 PM ET
By Chad Ford

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- Nothing can top the sheer exhilaration of the first few days in Belgrade. The sounds and smells are now becoming familiar. More Americans, including NBA scouts from the Lakers and Clippers, have joined us, and the quest to find Darko Milicic is basically over. He is as good as advertised, but reality quickly sets in for most of the NBA people I talked to. There will be no draft day surprises in June. If he's in the draft, still a big if, he will go No. 2. For the team that picks third, the journey has just begun.


Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer