Pac-12 sees 10 players selected in 2020 NBA Draft

Nov 22, 2020, 9:30 AM
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 11:  The Arizona Wildcats mascot Wilbur performs during the team's first-...
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 11: The Arizona Wildcats mascot Wilbur performs during the team's first-round game of the Pac-12 Conference basketball tournament against the Washington Huskies at T-Mobile Arena on March 11, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Wildcats defeated the Huskies 77-70. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The Pac-12 had a total of 10 players selected in the 2020 NBA Draft on Wednesday night, six of which came in the first round.

This marks the fourth time in league history that the Pac-12 has had double-digit draftees picked in a single draft, with the six first-rounders being tied with the SEC for the most of any conference in the country.

And over the last four years, the Pac-12 has had 37 players selected in the NBA Draft, which is the second-most by any league behind the ACC.

This year, the SEC led all conferences in total selections (12), while the Pac-12 came in second (10) and the ACC trailed behind with eight.

Here’s a look at all 10 of the players drafted out of a Pac-12 school in the 2020 NBA Draft:

First Round

6. Onyeka Okongwu, USC – Atlanta Hawks

The freshman was a 2019-2020 Pac-12 First Team All-Conference selection and is the second-highest draft pick in program history. It also marks the second time in the modern draft era that USC has had a player selected in three consective drafts. Okongwu is USC’s all-time freshman leader in blocks and field goal percentage, and ranks in the top five for rebounds, points, free throws and field goals.

16. Isaiah Stewart, Washington – Portland Trail Blazers (traded to Detroit Pistons)

Stewart was selected by the Trail Blazers and then traded to the Pistons. While averaging 17 points a game, he set the Huskies’ freshman record for blocks and rebounds.

18. Josh Green, Arizona – Dallas Mavericks

Green led Arizona with 46 steals, which ranked sixth all-time by a freshman at Arizona. Coach Sean Miller has now had 13 of his players selected in the NBA Draft, nine of which were taken in the first round.

22. Zeke Nnaji, Arizona – Denver Nuggets

Nnaji was the 2019-2020 Pac-12 Freshman Player of the Year. He led the Pac-12 with 14 double-doubles, which is the second-most in school history among freshmen behind Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton.

26. Payton Pritchard, Oregon – Boston Celtics

Pritchard was named a First Team All-American and won the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year. He is the first player in Pac-12 history to have 1,900 career points, 500 career rebounds and 600 career assists. Oregon is the only school in the country to have first-round selections in the 2020 NFL, NBA and WNBA Drafts.

28. Jaden McDaniels, Washington – Los Angeles Lakers (traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves)

McDaniels was selected by the Lakers but was later traded to the Timberwolves. He played in 31 games in his time at Washington and averaged 13 points and 5.8 rebounds. This is the third time in program history that the Huskies had multiple first-round picks in the modern draft era.

Second Round

31. Tyrell Terry, Stanford – Dallas Mavericks

Terry is the first Cardinal freshman to be taken in the NBA Draft. Terry led the Pac-12 in free throw percentage and finished with the second-highest scoring average in Stanford history for a freshman.

36. Tyler Bey, Colorado – Philadelphia 76ers

Bey is the sixth Colorado player to be selected under coach Tad Boyle. Bey ranked eighth in rebounds, 10th in blocks and 29th in points all-time in Colorado. He averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and one steal per game over 99 career games.

46. C.J. Elleby, Washington State – Portland Trail Blazers

Elleby was Washington State’s first draft pick since Klay Thompson in 2011. He finished 32nd all-time in school history for points (1.060) and had the fifth-best points per game count at 16.6.

48. Nico Mannion, Arizona – Golden State Warriors

Mannion was named to the Second Team All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 All-Freshman Team. He finished the season with 169 assists, the second-most by a freshman in the country during the 2019-20 season, according to Arizona Athletics.


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