Four Pac-12 players drafted in NBA first round


SAN FRANCISCO -- ARIZONA freshman forward Stanley Johnson was taken by the Detroit Pistons with the eighth pick overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, leading four Pac-12 players selected in the first round and seven selected overall in the two rounds of the Draft. UTAH senior guard Delon Wright went to Toronto with the 20th pick, followed by Arizona sophomore forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to Portland with the 23rd pick. The NBA Champion Golden State Warriors closed out the first round by selecting UCLA freshman forward Kevon Looney with the 30th pick.

The second round included STANFORD senior guard Anthony Brown (No. 34, Los Angeles Lakers), OREGON senior guard Joseph Young (No. 43, Indiana) and UCLA senior guard Norman Powell (No. 46, Milwaukee). 

Hollis-Jefferson and Powell were subsequently traded to Brooklyn and Toronto, respectively.

The Pac-12 was third among all conference with seven players selected, trailing the ACC (12) and SEC (10). Over the last three drafts, a total of 23 Pac-12 players representing nine of the Conference’s 12 member institutions have been selected, including 13 first round picks

Arizona and UCLA were two of nine schools that had multiple players selected. For the Wildcats, it was the third consecutive year having two or more players drafted.

First Round

    8.    Stanley Johnson, Arizona    Detroit
    20.    Delon Wright, Utah             Toronto
    23.    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson     Portland
    30.    Kevon Looney, UCLA         Golden State
Second Round
    34.    Anthony Brown, Stanford    Los Angeles Lakers
    43.    Joseph Young, Oregon       Indiana
    46.    Norman Powell, UCLA        Milwaukee

    1.    Atlantic Coast     12
    2.    Southeastern      10
    3.    Pac-12                 7
    4.    Big Ten                5
    5.    Big 12                  2
        Big East               2
        Mountain West    2
    8.    Atlantic 10           1
Big Sky                1
        Colonial               1
        Mid-American      1
        Ohio Valley          1
           Sun Belt               1

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