USC Juniors Young And Pruitt Selected In The 2007 NBA Draft
June 28, 2007
USC swingman Nick Young was taken by the Washington Wizards with the 16th pick of the first round and point guard Gabe Pruitt was selected by the Boston Celtics with the second pick in the second round and 32nd pick overall at the 2007 NBA Draft held today (June 28) at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y.
Young becomes the highest Trojan draft pick since Harold Miner was selected with the 12th pick of the first round of the 1992 NBA Draft and is the seventh USC player to be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft: 1968 - Bill Hewitt - 11th (Los Angeles Lakers), 1972 - Paul Westphal - 10th (Boston), 1975 - John Lambert - 15th (Cleveland), 1979 - Cliff Robinson - 11th (New Jersey), 1992 - Harold Miner - 12th (Miami) and 1997 - Rhodrick Rhodes - 24th (Houston). The selection of Young and Pruitt in the first 32 picks marks USC's highest first two draft selections since the 1975 NBA Draft when Lambert and Gus Williams were selected in the first 20 picks (18 picks in the first round).
Young was the second-leading scorer among Pac-10 players during the 2006-07 season with a 17.5 average and led conference players with 13 games of 20 or more points. Young's 647 points scored this past season rank as the fourth most ever in a single season by a Trojan. He finished his Trojan career sixth on USC's all-time points scored list with 1,486 career points.
The junior from Los Angeles hit 52.5 percent of his shots last season (239-for-455) to rank fifth in the conference and tied with teammate Lodrick Stewart for second among Pac-10 players in three-point percentage at .440 (44-for-100). Young and Stewart's three-point percentage also tied for the second best in a single season by a Trojan.
Young was voted the 2006-07 USC team MVP, an honor he won or shared all three seasons he played for the Trojans. Young is one of four Trojans in school history to be named team MVP three times, joining John Rudometkin, Ron Riley and Ronnie Coleman (four-time MVP).
Pruitt finished third in scoring for USC in 2006-07 with a 12.5 average, while leading the team in assists with 113 and steals with 47 in 26 games. He also led USC in free throw shooting, hitting 80.0 percent, to win the Joe Barbato Award for the team's highest free throw percentage for his second consecutive season.
During the 2006-07 season, Pruitt became the 32nd Trojan in history to reach 1,000 career points scored and currently ranks 27th all-time at USC in scoring with 1,102 points. He also ranks fourth all-time at USC in three-pointers made (179) and sixth in steals (158).
Pruitt and Young helped lead USC to the third round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament, where they fell to No. 4 North Carolina, 74-64. Pruitt scored in double figures in all three NCAA Tournament games and had better than a 3:1 assist to turnover ratio (19 to 6). Young averaged 19.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in the Trojans' three tournament games.