Friday, June 26, 2009

ELBOW, NOSE LEAD ACC IN NBA DRAFT

A year after having one lone player drafted in the first round of the NBA draft, the ACC ACC led all conferences with seven first-round draft picks in the 2009 NBA Draft. The Pac-10 was second with six.

Duke's Gerald "Elbow" Henderson was the first ACCer selected when he went taken by the Charlotte Bobcats at No. 12. The Bobcats are coached by Larry Brown (UNC). Tyler "Nose" Hansbrough was chosen with the next pick by the Indiana Pacers.

Described frequently by NBA analysts as lacking the athleticism to make a major contribution in the NBA, it seems a bit ironic that Hansbrough was chosen by another unathletic-white-guy-multiple-NBA-Champion-MVP-member-of-the-Hall-of-Fame Larry Bird.

Since 1986, the ACC has had 88 players selected in the first round of the NBA draft, the Big East is second with 76 and the Pac-10 third with 67.

The ACC extended its streak of having at least one first-round draft pick in 21 consecutive NBA drafts. The ACC has had the most, or tied for the most, first-round picks in the NBA draft in five of the of the last eight years and in 11 of the last 17.

2009 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Champion the University of North Carolina Tar Heels had three players selected in the first round for the second time in five years. Wake Forest’s James Johnson and Jeff Teague became the first Demon Deacon duo to be selected in the first round of the same NBA Draft, and for the second time in three years, Florida State had a first round draft pick as Toney Douglas became FSU’s 10th overall first round pick.

Duke has had at least one player selected in 11 of the past 12 years.

With the selection of North Carolina’s Ty Lawson by the Minnesota Timberwolves, 38 ACC Players of the Year have been drafted in the first round.

PICK-TEAM-PLAYER-POSITION-SCHOOL
12 Charlotte - Gerald Henderson SG Duke
13 Indiana - Tyler Hansbrough PF North Carolina
16 Chicago - James Johnson PF Wake Forest
18 Minnesota to Denver - Ty Lawson PG North Carolina
19 Atlanta - Jeff Teague PG Wake Forest
28 Minnesota - Wayne Ellington SG North Carolina
29 Los Angeles Lakers - Toney Douglas SG Florida St.
46 Cleveland - Danny Green SG North Carolina
51 San Antonio - Jack McClinton SG Miami (FL)

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