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Dick Vitales gives his Stock Watch for June 28, saluting Dwight Howard, Buck Showalter and the Cal-State Fullerton baseball team.

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Dwight Howard picked No. 1


June 28, 2004 | Dick's Stock Watch provides a fast-glance review of the past week in the world of sports, charting whose stock is up and whose is down...

Dwight Howard -- The recent high school graduate was the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. He's a great young man who comes from a wonderful family and I wish him nothing but the best. I still feel Orlando made a mistake and should have taken Emeka Okafor because 10 years from now Okafor will still be a defensive stalwart in the NBA and a player Charlotte will have built around.

Texas Rangers -- Despite losing Sunday, the Rangers have won eight of their last nine games and are in first in the AL West despite not having Alex Rodriguez. Buck Showalter has done a super job.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays -- My Devil Rays were 10-28 at one point but have won 26 of their last 34 despite losing Sunday to the Marlins, 11-4. Lou Piniella gets my vote for Manager of the Year.

Cal State-Fullerton -- The Titans were 15-16 earlier in the season, but came back to win the College World Series by sweeping No. 1 Texas.

Jason Schmidt -- Schmidt has won 10 straight decisions and is a big part of the reason why the San Francisco Giants are in first in the NL West.

Larry Walker -- Walker had three home runs for the Rockies Friday night in Cleveland.

Marat Safin -- Safin lost in the first round of Wimbledon and then said in the press conference that he quit during the match. He later apologized, but there is no excuse for that attitude.

Venus Williams -- Williams lost in the second round and the umpire lost track of the score in the second set tiebreaker. Both deserve a stock down. How did none of the officials and neither player pick up on the score being wrong?

The Lakers -- The organization should get Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal in a room and have them talk things out. They should also hire Rudy Tomjanovich as head coach and have the two stars realize they need each other.

Arizona Diamondbacks -- The D-Backs have lost nine straight games, being swept by Tampa Bay, San Diego and Detroit.

France and England -- Both teams were upset in the quarterfinals of the Euro 2004 soccer tournament. Fans of that sport are fired up, baby!

Dick Vitale coached the Detroit Pistons and the University of Detroit in the 1970s before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in 1979 (he has been an ESPN analyst ever since). Send a question for Vitale for possible use on ESPNEWS.

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