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NCSU's Simmons goes to New Orleans as No. 15

Posted Wednesday, June 28, 2006

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New York, NY - The 6-9 Cedric Simmons, who will play power forward/center in the NBA, had a lifelong dream come true when the New Orleans Hornets made him the 15th pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. The Hornets chose NC State's Simmons as their first pick in the draft.

The Hornets chose NC State's Simmons as their first pick

After averaging 11.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks as a sophomore with the Wolfpack, Simmons announced that he would enter the 2006 NBA draft.

Along with his scoring and rebounding numbers, Simmons blocked 80 shots in 2005-06, a figure that led the Wolfpack and ranked second only to Duke's Shelden Williams in the ACC. Cedric had a career-high 28 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks in a loss to Duke. The 6-foot-9, 230-pound center was also named to the 2005-06 ACC All-Defensive Team.

In becoming one of the ACC's most improved players between his freshman and sophomore years, Simmons helped the Wolfpack qualify for its fifth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

The Hornets finished last season with a 38-44 regular season record and missed the playoffs but improved greatly over the previous year mainly due to super point guard Chris Paul. Paul, the Hornets' first round pick in 2005, won NBA Rookie of the Year honors after averaging 16.1 points and 7.8 assists.

Photo by Gene Galin

In a recent mock draft experts on NBA.com predicted Simmons would be taken No. 12 by the New Orleans Hornets.

Simmons blocked 80 shots in 2005-06, a figure that led the Wolfpack and ranked second only to Duke's Shelden Williams in the ACC.

Simmons' selection marked the second straight year in which an NC State player has been drafted in the first round. Last June, swingman Julius Hodge was taken No. 20 by the Denver Nuggets.

 
 
NCSU's Simmons goes to New Orleans as No. 15
Cedric Simmons had a career-high 28 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks in a loss to Duke.
photo by Gene Galin


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