Thompson First Longhorn Drafted

LonghornDigest Publisher
Posted Jun 23, 2011

Tristan Thompson became the first Big 12 player selected in Thursday night's NBA Draft, going to the Cleveland Cavaliers with the No. 4 pick.

A lot of people slated Enes Kanter to the Cavaliers with that pick, but when Kanter went a pick earlier to Utah, it opened up the Cavaliers' options. Having already taken Duke point guard Kyrie Irving with the No. 1 pick, the Cavs didn't have a need for another point guard, essentially scratching out points Brandon Knight and Kemba Walker.

Not surprisingly, then, the Cavaliers looked to the interior, choosing Thompson over international players like Jonas Valanciunas and Jan Vesely.

Thompson started 34 of 36 games as a freshman in Austin, finishing as one of the five finalists for the Wayman Tisdale Award, which goes to the U.S. Basketball Writer's Association National Freshman of the Year. Thompson was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year. Thompson scored 13.1 points, grabbed 7.8 rebounds, blocked 86 shots, sot .546 from the field and had 10 double-doubles. All but the points figure was tops on the Longhorns, with his points-per-game ranking second.

Thompson makes the fifth top-10 prospect the Longhorns have produced in the last nine years, tying Connecticut for the most by any school over that period. He also makes the eighth first-round pick of the past 12 years produced by the Longhorns.

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