June 28th, 2013 09:00 AM║ Posted By: Mike Mitchell ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Caldwell Pope, Florida Erik Murphy, Marshawn Powell, Oklahoma City, SEC
Former UK players Nerlens Noel and Archie Goodwin were both taken in the first round and both were promptly traded.. Noel, projected by many as the first overall pick, was selected sixth overall by New Orleans. But he won’t be playing for the Pelicans with former Kentucky player Anthony Davis, Minutes later, he was reportedly traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. Goodwin was taken by Oklahoma City with the next-to-last pick of the first round and then he was traded to Phoenix.
As the sixth overall pick, Noel is guaranteed just over $5.4 million his first two years in the league. UNLV forward Anthony Bennett, selected first overall, is guaranteed almost $9.1 million over the same time period. John Calipari has now had 11 one-and-done players at Kentucky. All have been drafted in the first round.
Former Georgia Bulldog Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was the other SEC player selected in the first round. The Detroit Pistons took Caldwell-Pope with the eighth overall pick. He becomes the highest Bulldog selection since Dominique Wilkins went third overall back in 1982.
Two SEC players were taken in the second round. Florida’s Erik Murphy went to the Chicago Bulls with the 49th overall pick. He will join former Gator Joakim Noah in Chicago. Murphy becomes the 17th player drafted under Florida coach Billy Donovan. Alex Oriakhi, who spent one year at Missouri after starting his career at Connecticut, was taken by the Phoenix Suns with the 57th overall selection. His former teammate, guard Phil Pressey who left school early to enter the draft, was not taken. He is reportedly signing a free-agent contract with the Boston Celtics. Pressey was one of several undrafted early entries. B.J. Young and Marshawn Powell of Arkansas were among those not selected.
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