Another National Basketball Association Draft has come and gone. All the drama of who would be the No.1 overall pick was answered rather quickly by the Cleveland Cavaliers, who had their share of offers to trade that pick, when they selected Andrew Wiggins from the University of Kansas.
Jabari Parker of Duke, who was listed as pick 1B by many experts, went to the Milwaukee Bucks with the second choice. Strong forward T.J. Warren of North Carolina State, who led the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring last season, went to the Phoenix Suns wit the 14th pick in the first round, and shooting guard P.J. Hairston, who made more headlines off the floor last summer and was later dismissed by head coach Roy Williams at the University of North Carolina, went to the Miami Heat with the 26th choice in the opening round.
Hairston was later traded to the Charlotte Hornets for point guard Shabazz Napier of UConn. Napier was selected by the Hornets with the 24th pick. Hairston, an excellent shooter, is considered a pure fit for the Hornets.
The ACC had five players selected in the first round. Strong forward Rodney Hood of Duke went to Utah Jazz with the 23rd pick; point guard Tyler Ennis of Syracuse went to Phoenix with the 18th choice.
The ACC had three players chosen in the second round. Leading the way was strong forward K.J. McDaniels of Clemson, who went to the Philadelphia 76ers with the 32nd pick in the draft. McDaniels was named the ACC's Defensive Player of the Year.
Strong forward Joe Harris of Virginia was taken by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 33rd pick; power forward Geranmi Grant of Syracuse was taken by Philadelphia with the 39th pick.
The Hornets also selected 6-foot-10 power forward Noah Vonieh of Indiana, a defensive player that can rebound, with the ninth pick of the draft; they also selected 6-10 power forward Dwight Powell from Stanford.
Other notable picks, Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State, a 6-4 point guard, went to the Boston Celtics with the sixth choice; Julius Randle, a 6-9 power forward from Kentucky who has been battling off-season injuries, was taken by the Los Angeles Lakers with the seventh pick; Doug McDermott of Creighton, an excellent shooter, was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 11th pick and was then traded to the Chicago Bulls; Glenn Robinson III of Michigan was taken in the second round (40th pick) by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Photo Courtesy: P.J. Hairston, UNC Athletics