Arron Afflalo Selected in First Round of NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons

June 28, 2007

NEW YORK - Arron Afflalo, UCLA's starting guard the past three seasons who helped lead the Bruins to back-to-back Final Four appearances and back-to-back Pac-10 Championships the last two years, was selected in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons (27th selection) on Thursday.

Afflalo becomes the 101st UCLA player to be selected in Bruin draft history (UCLA is the all-time collegiate leader in NBA Draft selections, since 1948). UCLA has had at least one player taken in the NBA Draft for the last 11 years (since 1997).

This past season, the 6-5, 215-pound guard was a first team consensus All-American while leading the Bruins in scoring at 16.9 points per game. The 2007 Pac-10 Player of the Year finished his Bruin career 17th in scoring (1,540 points, 14.8 ppg) and second in three-point field goals made (209) and attempted (560).

'I'm really excited for Arron and his family,' Bruin head coach Ben Howland said. 'He's worked very hard and this is a life-long dream of his. I can't think of anybody more deserving than Arron to be a first-round draft pick in the NBA. He's going to a great franchise with an outstanding team and an opportunity to be a part of something really special.'

Afflalo is the 28th first-round NBA Draft pick in UCLA history and the second under Howland.

In last year's NBA Draft, Jordan Farmar was a first round selection (26th pick) by the Los Angeles Lakers and Ryan Hollins was selected in the second round by the Charlotte Bobcats (50th selection).

Additionally, Afflalo is the fifth Bruin drafted in the Howland era, joining Farmar and Hollins last year, Dijon Thompson in 2005 (54th pick by New York Knicks) and Trevor Ariza in 2004 (43rd pick by New York Knicks).

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