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Duke's Shelden Williams taken in first round of the NBA draft

Posted Thursday, June 29, 2006

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New York, NY - Shelden Williams and J.J. Redick were each selected in the first round of Wednesday’s NBA Draft, becoming the 37th and 38th players selected in the draft under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Williams was chosen by the Atlanta Hawks with the fifth pick in the draft, while Redick was taken 11th overall by the Orlando Magic.

The Forest Park, Okla., native closed his Duke career as the school's all-time leader in rebounds (1,262) and blocked shots (422).

Williams and Redick became the 13th and 14th Duke players to be selected in the NBA draft lottery, more than any other school in the nation since the system was put into place in 1985. Williams, the fifth Top 10 pick from Duke since 2001, and Redick are the 26th and 27th overall first round picks in Duke history.

With both Williams and Redick being selected in the lottery, Duke has now had two or more players chosen in the draft lottery three times. In 2002, Jay Williams (No. 2 to Chicago) and Mike Dunleavy (No. 3 to Golden State) were selected among the first 14 picks. In 1999, Elton Brand (No. 1 to Chicago), Trajan Langdon (No. 11 to Cleveland) and Corey Maggette (No. 13 to Seattle) were lottery selections.

Shelden Williams becomes the second Duke player selected with the fifth pick in the NBA Draft.

Williams averaged 18.8 points and 10.7 rebounds per game last year, marking his second straight year of averaging a double-double for the Blue Devils. He also finished fourth in the country in blocked shots (3.71 bpg.) and second on the Duke team in steals (60) en route to winning the NABC National Defensive Player of the Year award for the second straight season. The Forest Park, Okla., native closed his Duke career as the school's all-time leader in rebounds (1,262) and blocked shots (422).

Duke Draft Notes

Shelden Williams' photos by Gene Galin

*** Shelden Williams becomes the second Duke player selected in the first round by the Atlanta Hawks. Roshown McLeod was chosen 20th overall by the Hawks in 1999.

*** Shelden Williams becomes the second Duke player selected with the fifth pick in the NBA Draft. Jack Marin was picked fifth overall by Baltimore in the 1966 draft.

*** Duke has now had at least two players selected in the first round of the NBA Draft four times, including three times since 1999.

*** J.J. Redick joins 1994 Duke graduate Grant Hill on the Orlando Magic. Redick is the second Duke player selected 11th overall, joining Trajan Langdon who was selected 11th by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1999.

*** 2001 Duke graduate Shane Battier was traded by the Memphis Grizzlies to the Houston Rockets for the draft rights to eighth overall selection Rudy Gay (Connecticut).

Shelden Williams becomes the second Duke player selected in the first round by the Atlanta Hawks

All-Time First Round Selections
1) North Carolina 35
2) UCLA 28
3) Duke 27
4) Kentucky 23
5) Michigan 20
Kansas 20

All-Time Top 10 Picks
1) Kentucky 29
2) North Carolina 27
3) UCLA 22
4) Louisville 21
5) Duke 20

All-Time Lottery Picks
1) Duke 14
2) North Carolina 12
3) Connecticut 9
4) Arizona 8
5) Michigan 7
UNLV 7

First Round Draft Choices Since 1985
1) Duke 20
2) North Carolina 19
3) Georgia Tech 14
Connecticut 14
5) Kentucky 13

Top 10 Picks Since 1985
1) Duke 11
2) North Carolina 10
3) Connecticut 8

First Round Draft Choices Since 1999
1) Duke 10
2) Connecticut 9
3) North Carolina 6
Michigan State 6
5) Stanford 5

Lottery Picks Since 1999
1) Duke 8
2) Connecticut 7
3) Arizona 4
North Carolina 4
5) Kansas 3

Top 10 Picks Since 1999
1) Duke 6
Connecticut 6
3) Arizona 3
Texas 3

 
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Duke's Shelden Williams taken in first round of the NBA draft
Shelden Williams averaged 18.8 points and 10.7 rebounds per game last year.
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