ACC Doing Big Things: Sets Record With Six Lottery Picks in 2019 NBA Draft

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Led by No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson of Duke, the Atlantic Coast Conference featured a record six lottery picks and a record-tying 10 first-round selections in the 2019 NBA Draft Thursday evening.
Williamson, taken by the New Orleans Pelicans, is the 11th overall No. 1 pick to play in the ACC and the 12th from a current ACC school. He became the fourth Duke player to be the first overall selection in the NBA Draft. The Blue Devils have had more first overall selections than any other school in NCAA history.
In addition to becoming the first conference to have five of the top 10 picks in the modern era of the draft (since 1966) and six lottery picks, the league’s 10 first-round selections also ties the record for most first-round picks by a conference set by the ACC in 2017.
The ACC also led all conferences with 13 overall selections, followed by the SEC (12), Big Ten (6), Pac-12 (6), Big 12 (4), Mountain West (3), Colonial (2), Ohio Valley (2), West Coast (2), Big East (1) and Ivy League (1).
The ACC is the only conference to have had at least four first-round picks in each of the past 11 NBA Drafts (2009-19). The ACC now has had at least six different schools with at least one player selected in each of the last six drafts.
The ACC extended its streak of having at least one first-round selection to 31 consecutive years (1989-2019).
Over the last six years (2014-19), the ACC leads all conferences with 42 first-round selections, followed by the SEC (29), Pac-12 (25), Big Ten (19), Big 12 (14) and the Big East (8).
The ACC had 10 of the first 23 college players (44 percent) selected in the 2019 draft. Over the past 14 years (2006-19), the ACC has accounted for 21 percent (89 of 424) of all college players selected in the first round.
With six lottery picks, the ACC has had 28 top 14 selections over the last 10 years and since 1996 leads all conferences with 53 lottery selections. The SEC is second with 42, followed by the Big 12 (39), the Big East and Pac-12 (35 each) and the Big Ten (22).
ACC players selected in the 2019 NBA Draft:
       Round/ Selection, NBA Team
       1/1    Zion Williamson, Duke, New Orleans Pelicans
       1/3    RJ Barrett, Duke, New York Knicks
       1/4    De’Andre Hunter, Virginia, Los Angeles Lakers
       1/7    Coby White, North Carolina, Chicago Bulls
       1/10   Cam Reddish, Duke, Atlanta Hawks
       1/11   Cameron Johnson, North Carolina, Minnesota Timberwolves
       1/17   Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Virginia Tech, Brooklyn Nets
       1/24   Ty Jerome, Virginia    Philadelphia 76ers
       1/25   Nassir Little, North Carolina, Portland Trailblazers
       1/27   Mfiondu Kabengele, Florida State, Brooklyn Nets
       2/48   Terance Mann, Florida State, Los Angeles Clippers
       2/55   Kyle Guy, Virginia, New York Knicks
       2/59   Dewan Hernandez, Miami Toronto Raptors
Zion Williamson, Duke
1st Round/1st Overall by the New Orleans Pelicans
The fourth Duke player to be the first overall selection in the NBA Draft … the Blue Devils have had more first overall selections than any other school in NCAA history … only the third player in ACC history to be chosen as the league’s Player and Rookie of the Year in the same season … first-team All-ACC and a unanimous first-team All-American … led the ACC in field goal percentage (.680) and was second in scoring (22.6) and third in rebounding (8.9).
RJ Barrett, Duke
1st Round/3rd Overall by the New York Knicks
With Barrett’s selection by the New York Knicks, the Blue Devils have had two of the top three picks twice (2002-Jay Williams #2 and Mike Dunleavy #3) … first-team All-ACC and a unanimous first-team All-American … scored in double-figures in each of the Duke’s 38 games and led the ACC in scoring (22.6), 30-point games (6), 20-point games (26) and was fifth in assists (4.3) … had 860 points, fifth all-time by a freshman in NCAA history.
De’Andre Hunter, Virginia
1st Round/4th Overall by the Los Angeles Lakers
Hunter is Virginia’s ninth first round selection all-time, the first top-10 pick since Olden Polynice in 1987, and the highest selection since Ralph Sampson was the No. 1 overall pick in 1983 … the Cavaliers now have had a player drafted in six of the last eight NBA drafts … the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-ACC selection, Hunter averaged 15.2 points and 5.1 rebounds as a sophomore in 2018-19.
Coby White, North Carolina
1st Round/7th Overall by the Chicago Bulls
The Bulls’ selection of White marks the ninth time in the last 13 years that North Carolina has had a first-round selection … named to the All-ACC Freshman team and a second-team All-ACC selection, White averaged 16.1 points and 4.1 assists … named ACC Freshman of the Week five times … joins Michael Jordan (1984) as only the second UNC player drafted in the first round by the Bulls.
Cam Reddish, Duke
1st Round/10th Overall by the Atlanta Hawks
With Reddish’s selection by the Atlanta Hawks, the Blue Devils have now had at least three first-round selections in each of the last three years, four of the last five years, and five times overall … averaged 13.5 points and 3.7 rebounds in 36 games, including 4 starts.
Cameron Johnson, North Carolina
1st Round/11th Overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves
With Johnson’s selection by Minnesota, North Carolina has three or more first-round selections for the fourth time and for the first time since 2012 … Johnson, a first-team All-ACC selection, led the ACC in 3-point field percentage (.457) and the Tar Heels in scoring (16.9) … Johnson is the first Tar Heel selected in the first round of the NBA Draft by the Timberwolves since Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington in 2009.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Virginia Tech
1st Round/17th Overall by the Brooklyn Nets
The first Hokie to be selected in the NBA Draft since Erick Green in 2013, Alexander-Walker is also the school’s first first-round selection since Dell Curry was chosen by Utah in 1986 … a third-team All-ACC selection this past season as a sophomore, Alexander-Walker led the team in scoring (16.2), was second in assists (4.0) and third in rebounds (4.1) … first Virginia Tech player drafted by Brooklyn.
Ty Jerome, Virginia
1st Round/24th Overall by the Philadelphia 76ers
With Jerome’s selection by the 76ers, Virginia has multiple first-round selections for the first time … Jerome is the 10th Cavalier selected in the first round … a second-team All-ACC selection this past year, Jerome averaged 13.6 points and led the ACC in assists (5.5) … had a 3.31 to 1 assists to turnover ratio.
Nassir Little, North Carolina
1st Round/25th Overall by the Portland Trailblazers
Little’s selection marked the 12th time multiple Tar Heels – and the fourth time three or more Tar Heels – were selected in the first round of the NBA Draft … UNC leads all ACC schools with 52 first-round draft picks … played in all 36 games as a freshman this past season, averaging 9.8 points and 4.6 rebounds.
Mfiondu Kabengele, Florida State
1st Round/27th Overall by the Brooklyn Nets
Kabengele is Florida State’s third first-round pick in the last four years and 13th overall … the Seminoles have had at least one player selected in 12 of the last 16 years … the ACC Sixth Man of the Year, Kabengele, in 37 games off the bench, led FSU in scoring (13.2) and was second on the team in rebounds (5.9) in 37 games off the bench.
Terance Mann, Florida State
2nd Round/48th Overall by the Los Angeles Clippers
Averaged 11.4 points and a team-high 6.5 rebounds while starting 36 games for the 10th-ranked Seminoles … two-time honorable mention All-ACC.
Kyle Guy, Virginia
2nd Round/55th Overall by the New York Knicks
The MOP of the Final Four … a two-time first-team All-ACC honoree, Guy averaged 21.3 points and 5.3 rebounds over his last three NCAA Tournament games, including a 24-point performance against Texas Tech in the NCAA championship game.
Dewan Hernandez, Miami
2nd Round/59th Overall by the Toronto Raptors
Averaged 11.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in 2017-18 … shot 58 percent from the floor … did not play in 2018-19.

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