Five Pac-12 players selected in 2016 NBA Draft

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SAN FRANCISCO - Five former Pac-12 Conference men’s basketball standouts were selected in the 2016 NBA Draft on Thursday night, highlighted by three picks in the Top 10 and four first-round selections.

The Pac-12’s three Top 10 picks were the most of any NCAA conference in this year’s Draft and tied for the second-most in league history, matching the total from 1979, 2004 and 2009 and behind only the four in 2008.

The three Lottery selections also tied the second-most in league history, trailing only the five in 2008. It marked the 25th time in the 27-year history of the current weighted Lottery system that a Pac-12 player has been selected in the Top 14, a total matched only by the ACC and Big East.

Additionally, the four first rounders tied for the second-most of any conference in the country, trailing only the SEC’s five, and marked the third straight year the Pac-12 had at least three first-round draftees.

CALIFORNIA’s Jaylen Brown, the 2016 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, was the third overall pick by the Boston Celtics. He is the first Golden Bears’ player taken in the first round since 2008 and first in the Lottery since 1996.

WASHINGTON’s Marquese Chriss, an honorable mention Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honoree in 2016, was the eighth overall selection by his hometown Sacramento Kings, though the pick was later traded to the Phoenix Suns. Teammate Dejounte Murray, a Second Team All-Pac-12 performer, was the 29th overall pick to the San Antonio Spurs. The pair are the 11th and 12th Huskies drafted during head coach Lorenzo Romar’s tenure at UW, including the eighth and ninth first-round selections.

UTAH’s Jakob Poeltl, the 2016 Pac-12 Player of the Year, was chosen ninth overall by the Toronto Raptors. His selection marked the second straight year a Utes player was picked in the first round, and he was the first Utah player taken in the Lottery since Andrew Bogut was the No. 1 overall selection in 2005.

CALIFORNIA’s Tyrone Wallace was the Draft’s final selection at No. 60 overall to the Utah Jazz. Coupled with Brown’s No. 3 selection, it marked the first time since 2008 that California had two players taken in the same Draft.

PAC-12 PLAYERS DRAFTED
First Round
3. Jaylen Brown, California - Boston
8. Marquese Chriss, Washington - Sacramento
9. Jakob Poeltl, Utah - Toronto
29. Dejounte Murray, Washington - San Antonio

Second Round
60. Tyrone Wallace, California - Utah

SELECTIONS BY CONFERENCE
1. Atlantic Coast - 9 (4 first round)
2. Big 12 - 6 (2 first round)
    Big Ten - 6 (2 first round)
    Southeastern - 6 (5 first round)
5. Pac-12 - 5 (4 first round)
6. Big East - 4 (2 first round)
7. Mountain West - 2
8. The American - 1
    Atlantic 10 - 1 (1 first round)
    Big Sky - 1
    Horizon - 1
    West Coast Conf. - 1 (1 first round)
    Western Athletic - 1 (1 first round)

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