Four ACC Players Selected in the 2008 NBA Draft

July 10, 2008
By genefoto

With Hickson’s selection by the Cavaliers, the ACC has had at least one first round draft pick in each of the last 20 NBA drafts … the last time that the ACC did not have a player selected in the first round of the NBA draft was 20 years ago (1988) … Hickson is the 420th ACC player to be selected in the NBA draft, including 149 first round draft pick.

Previous NC State First-Round Selections
2006-Cedric Simmons (New Orleans)
2005-Julius Hodge (Denver)
1996-Todd Fuller (Golden State)
1992-Tom Gugliotta (Washington)
1986-Chris Washburn (Golden State)
1983-Thurl Bailey (Utah)
1980-Charles “Hawkeye” Whitney (Kansas City)
1977-Kenny Carr (Los Angeles Lakers)
1975-David Thompson (Atlanta)
1974-Tommy Burleson (Seattle)
1959-John Ritcher (Boston)
1956-Ronnie Shavlik (New York)
1951-Sammy Ranzino (Rochester)

J.J. Hickson, NC State, 6-9, 235-pound Forward – First Round (19th overall) by the Cleveland Cavaliers

Hickson is the third NC State player in the last four years, and 14th overall, to be selected in the first round … a unanimous first All-ACC Freshman team selection … led all ACC freshmen in scoring (14.8) a year ago … also led the ACC and was 18th nationally in field goal percentage (.591) … finished second in the ACC and was 50th nationally averaging 8.5 rebounds per game … the 8.5 rebounds per game average ranked 11th all-time among ACC freshmen … set an ACC freshman record scoring 31 points in his first collegiate game … made all 12 of his field goal attempts and pulled down seven rebounds in State’s 66-47 win over William & Mary on Nov. 15, 2007 … set a second ACC freshman single-game record with 23 rebounds in a 71-64 loss to Clemson on Feb. 16 … is the 16th ACC player selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers, including five first-round selections.

Sean Singletary, Virginia, 6-0, 185-pound Guard – Second Round (42nd overall) by the Sacramento Kings

Singletary is the first Virginia player selected in the NBA draft since Roger Mason was chosen by the Chicago Bulls in 2002 … the Cavaliers first three-time All-ACC selection since Bryant Stith (1990-92), Singletary was third in the ACC in scoring (19.8) and second in assists (6.1) in 2008 … scored 20 or more points 43 times in his career … finished his career scoring 10 or more points in 55 straight games and in 92 of his last 98 … finished fifth on the Cavaliers’ all-time scoring list with 2,079 points and started all 123 games he has played in at Virginia … Singletary is the only player in ACC history to have 2,000 points, 500 assists, 400 rebounds and 200 steals in his career … is the 33rd player from Virginia to be selected in the NBA draft.

James Gist, Maryland, 6-8, 233-pound Forward – Second Round (57th Overall) by the San Antonio Spurs

Gist is the third ACC player selected in the 2008 draft … marks the second-straight year that a Maryland player has been drafted … D.J. Strawberry was drafted by Phoenix in the second round a year ago … was a second-team All-ACC selection as a senior in 2008 after earning honorable mention honors as a junior in 2007 … was eighth in the ACC in scoring (15.9), fourth in rebounding (7.9), second in blocked shots (2.3) and third in field goal percentage (.496) … finished 17th on Maryland’s career scoring list with 1,414 points, 11th in rebounds (783) and fourth in blocked shots (231) … Gist is the 56th player from Maryland to be selected in the NBA draft.

Deron Washington, 6-6, 199-pound Forward – Second Round (59th overall) by the Detroit Pistons

The first Virginia Tech player to be drafted since the Utah Jazz selected Eddie Lucas in the second round in 1999 … Washington is the 25th Virginia Tech player selected in the NBA draft and the 18th ACC player drafted by the Detroit Pistons … averaged 13.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as a senior in 2008 and earned honorable mention All-ACC … a four-year starter at Virginia Tech, Washington finished his career with 124 starts, 1,408 points, 689 rebounds and 115 blocked shots.

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