Nine Pac-10 Players Selected In 2009 NBA Draft

June 26, 2009

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- ARIZONA STATE’s James Harden was taken by Oklahoma City with the third pick overall in the 2009 NBA Draft, leading six Pac-10 players selected in the first round and nine selected overall in the two rounds of the Draft. ARIZONA’s Jordan Hill went to New York with the eighth pick, followed by USC’s DeMar DeRozan to Toronto with the ninth pick, which gives the Pac-10 seven top 10 picks over the last two years of the NBA Draft. UCLA teammates Jrue Holiday (Philadephia, No. 17) and Darren Collison (New Orleans, No. 21), and USC’s Taj Gibson (Chicago, No. 26) gave the Pac-10 six first round picks, the second most in league history. With the record seven first round picks last season, the Pac-10 has had 13 players selected in the first round over the last two years.

Arizona State’s Jeff Pendergraph was selected by Sacramento with the first pick of the second round (31st overall), followed by WASHINGTON’s Jon Brockman (Portland, No. 38) and Arizona’s Chase Budinger (Detroit, No. 44).

The nine Pac-10 players selected overall matched the Atlantic Coast and Big East Conferences for the most players taken in the draft. Over the last two drafts, a total of 21 Pac-10 players representing nine of the Conference’s 10 member institutions have been selected.

NBA Draft Notes

• Over the last two years, 21 Pac-10 players have been drafted representing nine of the league’s 10 member institutions. Here’s a breakdown by conferences over the last two years:

Pac-10 21
Big 12 13
Big East 13
Atlantic Coast 13
Southeastern 9
Big Ten 5

• Over the last two years, 13 Pac-10 players have been drafted in the first round, including seven among the top 10 selections. First round picks by conferences over the last two years:

• Arizona’s Jordan Hill is the 16th first-round pick in school history and 10th lottery pick since 1989. Arizona has had a player selected in each of the last seven drafts and 13 players selected over the last nine drafts.

• Arizona has had two or more players selected in the NBA Draft nine times.

• Since the NBA Draft was shortened to two rounds in 1989, Arizona leads all schools with 31 selections. Here’s the top five:

Arizona 31
Duke 29
UCLA 28
North Carolina 25
Connecticut 23

• At No. 3, Arizona State’s James Harden was the highest Sun Devil drafted since Joe Caldwell in 1964 (No. 2, Detroit).

• For just the third time in NBA Draft history, Arizona and Arizona State each had players selected in the first round in the same draft:

2009 - James Harden, ASU (No. 3, Oklahoma City) and Jordan Hill, ARIZ (No. 8, New York)
2005 - Channing Frye, ARIZ (No. 8, New York) and Ike Diogu, ASU (No. 9, Golden State)
1995 - Damon Stoudamire, ARIZ (No. 7, Toronto) and Mario Bennett, ASU (No. 27, Phoenix)

• With Jeff Pendergraph selected with the first pick in the second round (No. 31, Sacramento), Arizona State had two players selected over the first two rounds for the third time in school history. The other two times occurred in 1981 with Alton Lister (1st round, No. 21 by Milwaukee) and Sam Williams (2nd round, No. 33 by Golden State), and in 1983 with Byron Scott (1st round, No. 4 by San Diego) and Paul Williams (2nd round, No. 45 by Phoenix).

• Jrue Holiday and Darren Collison give UCLA six first-round draft picks in the last four years, most in the nation. Collison became the 106th UCLA player to be selected in NBA draft history

• UCLA has had a least one player taken in the NBA Draft for the last 13 years, which is the longest streak in the nation.

• With DeMar DeRozan selected No. 9, USC is the only school to have a player selected in the top 16 in each of the last three NBA Drafts. (2007 - Nick Young, No. 16; 2008 - O.J. Mayo, No. 3).

• USC had two players chosen in the first round for the first time in school history.

• Washington’s Jon Brockman becomes the fifth Husky selected in the draft over the last five years. During that span, only UCLA (9) and Arizona (7) have had more selections from the Pac-10.

 

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