Sam Clancy Drafted By Philadelphia 76ers
June 26, 2002
USC forward Sam Clancy, the 2002 Pac-10 Player of the Year and Trojans' third all-time leading scorer, was selected in the second round of the 2002 NBA draft with the 45th pick overall by the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday (June 26).
Clancy, USC's all-time leading shot-blocker (195) and second-leading rebounder (839), started 102 of his 113 games for Troy and finished with 1,657 points. He had 35 career double-doubles.
He is the third Trojan in the last two years to be drafted. In 2001, Brian Scalabrine was selected with the 35th pick by the New Jersey Nets while Jeff Trepagnier was selected with the 36th pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Clancy is also the fourth Trojan to play for Coach Henry Bibby to be drafted since Bibby came to USC. Rodrick Rhodes was taken in the first round (24th overall) by the Houston Rockets in 1997.
Clancy, a FOXSports.com All-America first teamer and AP, USBWA and Basketball Times All-America second-teamer, led USC in scoring (19.1), rebounding (9.4), field goal percentage (.494), blocks (1.5) and was second in steals (1.8) in 2002. In Pac-10 games, Clancy tied for third in the conference in scoring (21.1) and second in rebounding (9.8). Clancy finished the season scoring in double figures in 28 consecutive games.