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June 26, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Best NBA draft for Pac-12 since 2008

Zach LaVine of UCLA (R) shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being drafted with the #13 overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2014 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 26, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Zach LaVine of UCLA (R) shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being drafted with the #13 overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2014 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 26, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Thanks to a late run at the end, the Pac-12 sent six players into the first round of the NBA draft. It was the most for the conference since seven Pac-10 players were taken in the 2008 draft.

There were plenty of surprises for the Pac-12, starting with Arizona freshman forward Aaron Gordon, who taken at No. 4 by Orlando – which was a little earlier than most draft analysts expected.

UCLA freshman guard Zach LaVine, who had been considered a lottery pick, went off the board to Minnesota at No. 13 and seven picks later, his Bruins teammate Jordan Adams was selected at No. 22 by Memphis.

The Pac-12 closed out the first round with the final three picks. The Los Angeles Clippers selected Washington senior guard C.J. Wilcox at No. 28. Stanford senior forward Josh Huestis might have been the biggest surprise in the first round when he was taken at No. 29 by Oklahoma City. And UCLA sophomore guard Kyle Anderson capped the first-round picks and was taken at No. 30 by NBA champion San Antonio.

There were three Pac-12 players taken in the second round: Colorado junior guard Spencer Dinwiddie (No. 38, Detroit), Arizona junior guard Nick Johnson (No. 42, Houston) and Stanford senior forward Dwight Powell (No. 45, Charlotte).

Perhaps the biggest disappointment of the night was Arizona State sophomore guard Jahii Carson, who went undrafted. The 5-11 point guard gambled when he decided to forgo two years of eligibility and turn pro.

Other Pac-12 players who were undrafted include: Arizona State senior center Jordan Bachynski, California senior point guard Justin Cobbs, Oregon State senior forward Devon Collier and junior forward Eric Moreland, Oregon senior forward Mike Moser and California senior forward Richard Solomon.

The nine Pac-12 selected in the draft is the most for the conference since 2008 when 12 were taken. Here’s a look:

FIRST ROUND
No. 3 O.J. Mayo, Minnesota (USC)
No. 4 Russell Westbrook, Seattle (UCLA)
No. 5 Kevin Love, Memphis (UCLA)
No. 10 Brook Lopez, New Jersey (Stanford)
No. 11 Jerryd Bayless, Indiana (Arizona)
No. 15 Robin Lopez, Phoenix (Stanford)
No. 21 Ryan Anderson, New Jersey (California)

SECOND ROUND
No. 37 Luc Mbah a Moute, Milwaukee (UCLA)
No. 38 Kyle Weaver, Charlotte (Washington State)
No. 48 Malik Hairston, Phoenix (Oregon)
No. 50 DeVon Hardin, Seattle (California)
No. 54 Maarty Leunen, Houston (Oregon)

 

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