Earl Watson Drafted By Seattle Supersonics
June 28, 2001
UCLA senior guard Earl Watson Wednesday night was drafted in the second round by the Seattle Supersonics in the 2001 NBA Draft. He was the No. 40 pick overall. The draft was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Watson, who will join former Bruin teammate Jelani McCoy in Seattle, becomes the seventh player drafted during Steve Lavin's five-years as the Bruin head coach. The Bruins have had at least one player drafted in the first or second rounds since 1997, Lavin's first season at UCLA.
Watson was a four-year starter at UCLA who set a school record by starting every regular season and NCAA Tournament game during his Bruin career (129). He is also the school's all-time steals leader (235) and No. 4 in assists (607), becoming just the second player in UCLA history to have over 200 steals and 600 assists and just the fourth player in Pac-10 history to make the Top 10 career charts in steals (seventh) and assists (ninth).
As a senior last season, Watson was the Bruins' second-leading scorer (14.7) and earned first-team All-Pacific-10 honors.