Record Seven Pac-10 Players Drafted in the First Round of NBA Draft
June 27, 2008
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- USC's O.J. Mayo was taken by Minnesota with the third pick overall in the 2008 NBA Draft, followed immediately by UCLA teammates Russell Westbrook to Seattle and Kevin Love to Memphis to lead a record seven Pac-10 players drafted in the first round. The previous high for the Pac-10 was five first round selections, which occurred twice - 1979 and 2001. The 12 Pac-10 players selected overall were the most by the Conference in the first two rounds in the history of the NBA draft, passing the 11 selections of the 2001 draft.
With STANFORD's Brook Lopez selected 10th by the New Jersey and ARIZONA's Jerryd Bayless picked 11th by Indiana, Pac-10 players comprised five of the 14 lottery picks. Stanford's Robin Lopez was chosen 15th by Phoenix and CALIFORNIA's Ryan Anderson selected 21st by New Jersey to round out the NBA's first round raid of Pac-10 talent.
The 12 picks overall were the most among all conferences, followed by the Big 12's nine and the Southeastern's six.
PAC-10 PLAYERS DRAFTED
First Round3. O.J. Mayo, USC Minnesota4. Russell Westbrook, UCLA Seattle5. Kevin Love, UCLA Memphis10. Brook Lopez, Stanford New Jersey11. Jerryd Bayless, Arizona Indiana15. Robin Lopez, Stanford Phoenix21. Ryan Anderson, California New Jersey
Second Round37. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, UCLA Milwaukee38. Kyle Weaver, Washington State Charlotte48. Malik Hairston, Oregon Phoenix50. DeVon Hardin, California Seattle54. Maarty Leunen, Oregon Houston
SELECTIONS BY CONFERENCE
1. Pac-10 122. Big 12 93. Southeastern 64. Atlantic Coast 4 Big East Conference USA7. Big Ten 38. Mountain West 29. Metro Atlantic 1 Summit Sun Belt Western Athletic
OTHER SELECTIONS Foreign countries 11 NBDL 1