Three First-Round Draft Picks For Pac-10
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- ARIZONA's Derrick Williams was taken by Minnesota with the second pick overall in the 2011 NBA Draft, leading three Pac-10 players selected in the first round and six selected overall in the two rounds of the Draft. WASHINGTON STATE's Klay Thompson went to Golden State with the 11th pick, followed by USC's Nikola Vucevic to Philadelphia with the 16th pick, which now gives the Pac-10 17 first round picks over the last four years of the NBA Draft.
UCLA's Tyler Honeycutt (Sacramento, No. 35) and teammate Malcolm Lee (Chicago, No. 42) were second round picks, as was Washington's Isaiah Thomas (Sacramento, No. 60).
The six Pac-10 players selected overall ranked fourth among other conferences for the most players taken in the draft. Over the last four drafts, a total of 29 Pac-10 players representing nine of the Conference's 10 member institutions have been selected.
PAC-10 PLAYERS DRAFTED
2. Derrick Williams, Arizona (Minnesota)
11. Klay Thompson, Wash. State (Golden State)
16. Nikola Vucevic, USC (Philadelphia)
35. Tyler Honeycutt, UCLA (Sacramento)
43. Malcolm Lee, UCLA (Chicago)
60. Isaiah Thomas, Washington (Sacramento)
NBA Draft Notes
Six Pac-10 players were selected in the 2011 NBA Draft. Over the last four years, 29 Pac-10 players have been drafted representing nine of the league's 10 member institutions. http://ow.ly/5phHH Here's a breakdown by conferences over the last four years:
Big 12 - 31
Pac-10 - 29
Atlantic Coast - 29
Big East - 27
Southeastern - 24
Big Ten - 11
- Over the last four years, 17 Pac-10 players have been drafted in the first round, including eight among the top 10 selections. First round picks by conferences over the last four years:
Big 12 - 19
Pac-10 - 17
Atlantic Coast - 17
Big East - 14
Southeastern - 9
Big Ten - 6
- Arizona's Derrick Williams is the 17th first-round pick in school history and 11th lottery pick since 1989. Arizona has 14 players selected over the last 10 drafts. Nine of last 10 Arizona players selected in the Draft were lottery picks.
- At No. 2, Williams was the highest Wildcat drafted since Mike Bibby in 1998 (No. 2, Vancouver). He's the seventh Pac-10 player all-time to be the second overall pick.
- Being the 11th pick in the first round, Washington State's Klay Thompson becomes the highest Cougar ever selected in the NBA draft. Don Collins is the only other Cougar taken in the first round (No. 18, Atlanta).
- At No. 16 (Philadelphia), USC's Nikola Vucevic becomes the fifth Trojan selected in the first round in the last five years. He joins Nick Young (2007 - No. 16, Washington), O.J. Mayo (2008 - No. 3, Chicago), DeMar DeRozan (2009 - No. 9, Toronto) and Taj Gibson (2009 - No. 26, Chicago).
- Tyler Honeycutt (No. 35, Sacramento) and Malcolm Lee (No. 43, Chicago) gives UCLA the 107th and 108th UCLA players to be selected in NBA draft history. Tops all-time among college programs:
UCLA - 108
North Carolina - 101
Kentucky - 101
Duke - 77