Scalabrine, Trepagnier Taken In Second Round Of NBA Draft
June 27, 2001
LOS ANGELES - USC forward/center Brian Scalabrine and guard Jeff Trepagnier, two integral parts of the Trojans' run to the 2001 NCAA Tournament East Regional Final, were both taken in the second round of the 2001 NBA draft on Wednesday (June 27).
Scalabrine was selected with the 35th pick by the New Jersey Nets while Trepagnier was selected with the 36th pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Scalabrine started 91 of 92 games of his USC career. He finished as USC's sixth all-time leading scorer (1,441), seventh on the school's career blocked shot chart (81) and 10th on USC's career scoring average list (15.7). He is also sixth on USC's career free throws made list (339).
As a senior in 2001, Scalabrine was USC's second-leading scorer (14.7) and third-leading rebounder (5.9). His assist average (2.8) was second best on the team. He was named a 2001 NCAA Tournament All-East Region, All-Pac-10 honorable mention and NABC District 15 second-team selection.
Trepagnier started 75 of his 106 games at USC. He finished second on USC's career steals chart (204), fourth in blocked shots (104), 15th in three-pointers (61) and scoring (1,128).
In 21 games as a senior, he averaged 9.0 points and 5.1 rebounds in 29.6 minutes per game. In the 2001 NCAA Tournament, he had 17 points, eight boards, four assists and two blocks vs. Oklahoma State and brought the house down twice with spectacular dunks. He followed it up with 18 points and three steals versus Boston College. He had 14 points vs. Kentucky and 11 points vs. Duke.
The last USC player drafted was Rodrick Rhodes, who was taken in the first round (24th overall) by the Houston Rockets in 1997. The last time USC had two players chosen in one draft was in 1992, when Harold Miner went to the Miami Heat in the first round (12th overall) while Duane Cooper was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round (36th overall).
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