Eleven BIG EAST players were selected by NBA teams in the 2010 NBA Draft Thursday, matching the conference's best showing in the draft since the event went to a two-round format.
Syracuse forward Wes Johnson, the 2010 BIG EAST Player of the Year, was the first BIG EAST player taken as he went to the Minnesota Timberwolves with the fourth pick. Georgetown center Greg Monroe also was a lottery pick as we went to the Detroit Pistons with the seventh overall selection.
Two other BIG EAST stars went in the first round as USF guard Dominique Jones was taken by the Memphis Grizzlies at No. 25 and then traded to the Dallas Mavericks. Marquette forward Lazar Hayward was selected by the Washington Wizards at No. 30 and later traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
With 11 players selected, the BIG EAST had more draft picks than any other conference in 2010. The Big 12 had 10 selections, while the ACC had eight and the SEC had seven. The BIG EAST record for NBA Draft selections came in 1983, when 15 players went in a draft that consisted of eight rounds. Thirteen BIG EAST players went in the 1986 draft, while the 11 picks in 2010 matched the conference's haul in 2006.
|Player ||Pos. ||School ||Drafted by ||Round/Pick |
|Da'Sean Butler || G || West Virginia || Miami || 2/42 |
|Devin Ebanks || F || West Virginia || LA Lakers || 2/43 |
|Luke Harangody || F || Notre Dame || Boston || 2/52 |
|Lazar Hayward || F || Marquette || Washington (Traded to Minnesota) || 1/30 |
|Wes Johnson || F || Syracuse || |
|Dominique Jones || G || USF || Memphis (Traded to Dallas) || 1/25 |
|Greg Monroe || F || Georgetown || Detroit || 1/7 |
|Hamady N'Diaye || C || Rutgers || Minnesota (Traded to Washington) || 2/56 |
|Andy Rautins || G || Syracuse || New York || 2/38 |
|Stanley Robinson || F || Connecticut ||Orlando ||2/59 |
|Lance Stephenson || G || Cincinnati || Indiana || 2/40 |