Brandon Roy Selected 6th in NBA Draft
June 28, 2006
NEW YORK, N.Y.--All-American guard Brandon Roy, a four-year standout at the University of Washington, was selected in the first round of Wednesday's NBA Draft. The 6-foot-6 swingman was the sixth overall pick, selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Roy may not depart from the Pacific Northwest however, as there were reports of a rumored trade to the Portland Trailblazers soon after his selection.
A product of Seattle's Garfield High School, Roy was in New York with his parents at the draft headquarters for the announcement of his selection. His draft position is the second-higest ever for a Husky. Bob Houbregs was the third overall pick in the 1953 draft.
Roy is the sixth player to go from UW into the first round of the draft, including Bob Houbregs (1953, 3rd overall, Milwaukee), Detlef Schrempf (1985, 8th overall, Dallas), Jack Nichols (1948, 12th overall, Washington) and Nate Robinson (2005, 21st overall Phoenix).
Robinson and Roy are the first pair of Huskies to be selected in the first round of consecutive NBA drafts. Robinson had an eventful rookie year with the Knicks, highlighted by his winning performance in the Slam Dunk contest during the All-Star festivities. The 5-foot-9 guard totaled 9.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, while playing an average of 21.3 minutes.
Roy, who posted the school's fourth-highest single-season scoring total and eighth-highest assist figure, was the Huskies' first Associated Press first-team All-American in 53 years. He was voted the 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year by the conference's head coaches.
Roy led UW with 666 points and 135 assists his senior season. He ranked second among Pac-10 players with a 20.2-point scoring average and was fourth among playmakers with 4.1 assists per game. The 20.2 points per game was the highest figure by a Husky since Chris Welp averaged 20.8 in 1987.
The four-year UW letterman possesses a remarkable all-around game. He finished among the Pac-10 leaders in eight of the 13 statistical categories the conference compiles. Along with second in scoring and fourth in assists, Roy ranked second in assist/turnover ratio (1.80), third in field goal percentage (50.8%), fifth in 3-point percentage (40.2%), fifth in free throw percentage (81.0%), ninth in steals (1.4) and 11th in rebounds (5.6). He led the team with 26 blocked shots, an average of 0.8 per game that ranked 11th in the conference.
The Huskies completed the season with a 26-7 record, finishing second in the Pac-10 with a 13-5 mark. Washington advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second straight season before being eliminated from the NCAA Tournament with a 98-92 overtime loss to No. 1 seed Connecticut on Mar. 24 in Washington, D.C.
Roy sparked a late-season run of eight consecutive wins and was rewarded with three consecutive Pac-10 Player of the Week awards between Feb. 13-27. That has been done only one other time in the Pac-10 over the course of one season, by Arizona State's Eddie House in 2000.
Roy registered 20 or more points in 19 games this season, including a UW record of nine consecutive 20-point performances. He averaged 23.0 points in three NCAA Tournament games, including 28 in an opening-round victory over Utah State.
University of Washington 1st Round Draft Picks
Year Player Pick Team2006 Brandon Roy 6 Minnesota2005 Nate Robinson 21 Phoenix2005 #Martell Webster 6 Portland2002 %Dan Dickau 28 Sacramento1987 Chris Welp 16 Philadelphia1985 Detlef Schrempf 8 Dallas1953 Bob Houbregs 3 Milwaukee1948 Jack Nichols 12 Washington
# UW letter of intent signee who declared for the draft directly out of high school
% Played two seasons at UW before transferring to Gonzaga