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Nine ACC players chosen in the 2016 NBA Draft, including four first-round selections
Duke’s Brandon Ingram drafted second overall by the Los Angeles Lakers
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) -- Led by Duke’s Brandon Ingram, the second overall selection by the Los Angeles Lakers, the Atlantic Coast Conference had nine players chosen in the 2016 NBA Draft, including four first-round selections.
The ACC led all conferences with the nine selections, followed by the Big Ten, the Big 12 and the SEC, which tied for second with six players each. The Pac-12 had five players drafted, while the Big East had four.
For the third straight year and fourth time in seven years, seven ACC schools had players drafted. Syracuse and North Carolina led the way with two selections each, while Duke, Florida State, Louisville, Notre Dame and Virginia each had one player drafted.
With its four first-round selections, the ACC is the only conference to have had at least four first-round picks in each of the past eight NBA Drafts (2009-16). The ACC also extended its streak of having at least one first-round selection to 28 consecutive years (1989-16).
Over the past five years (2012-16), the ACC leads all conferences with 26 first-round drafts picks; the SEC is second with 24 first-round selections, followed by the Pac-12 (20), Big Ten (16), Big East (12) and the Big 12 (11).
Over the past 11 years (2006-16), the ACC has accounted for 18 percent (63 of 344) of the college players selected in the first round.
With Los Angeles’ pick of Ingram as the second overall selection, the ACC has had at least one lottery pick in eight straight drafts and 14 over the last seven years. Since 1996, the ACC leads all conferences with 39 lottery picks; the Big East and the Big 12 are tied for second with 34, followed by the SEC (32), Pac-12 (31) and the Big Ten (20).
ACC Players Selected in 2016 NBA Draft
Round/Pick Player, School, NBA Team
1/2 Brandon Ingram, Duke, Lakers
1/19 Malik Beasley, Florida State, Denver
1/22 Malachi Richardson, Syracuse, Charlotte (expected to be traded to Sacramento)
1/25 Brice Johnson, North Carolina, Clippers
2/36 Malcom Brogdon, Virginia, Bucks
2/37 Chinanu Onuaku, Louisville, Rockets
2/45 Demetrius Jackson, Notre Dame, Celtics
2/49 Michael Gbinije, Syracuse, Pistons
2/55 Marcus Paige, North Carolina, Nets
Malik Beasley, guard, Florida State [Season Highlights]
1st Round/19th overall by the Denver Nuggets
Beasley is the 11th player from Florida State to be selected in the first round and the fourth since 2007 … the first Seminole ever to be drafted by the Nuggets, Beasley scored in double figures in his first 24 games to start the season and finished third among ACC freshmen in scoring (15.6), fourth in rebounding (5.3) and first in field goal percentage (.471).
Malachi Richardson, guard, Syracuse [NBA Ready]
1st Round/22th overall by the Charlotte Hornets
Richardson is the sixth Syracuse player over the past five years to be selected in the first round, and the 23rd overall, including 22 under head coach Jim Boeheim … Syracuse has had at least one first-round selection in each of the past five years and in eight of the last nine … the first Syracuse player ever drafted by Charlotte, Richardson averaged 15.0 points and 4.2 rebounds in the Orange’s Final Four run this past year and finished second on the team in scoring (13.4) and fourth in rebounds (4.3).
Brice Johnson, forward, North Carolina [Chris Paul Connection]
1st Round/25th overall by the Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers’ selection of Johnson marks the seventh time in the last 10 years that North Carolina has had a first-round selection … the Tar Heels lead all ACC schools with 47 first-round draft picks … a consensus first-team All-American and a unanimous first-team All-ACC selection, Johnson led the ACC in field goal percentage (.614), was second in rebounding (10.4) and seventh in scoring (17.0) … finished his career with 1,716 points and 1,035 rebounds.
Malcolm Brogdon, guard, Virginia
2nd Round/36th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks
A unanimous first-team All-American and All-ACC performer in 2016, Brogdon averaged 18.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists for the 29-8 Cavaliers … the 2016 ACC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, Brogdon is Virginia’s fourth NBA Draft pick in the past five years and 37th overall.
Chinanu Onuaku, center, Louisville
2nd Round/37th overall by the Houston Rockets
Named to the All-ACC Defensive team as a sophomore in 2016, Onuaku started 29 of Louisville’s 31 games, averaging 9.9 points per game and shooting 62 percent from the floor … Onuaku lead the Cardinals and finished eighth in the ACC in rebounds per game (8.5).
Demetrius Jackson, guard, Notre Dame [Season Highlights | Will Prove to be a Steal]
2nd Round/45th overall by the Boston Celtics
A second-team All-ACC selection in 2016, Jackson led the Irish in scoring (15.8), assists (4.7) and steals (1.2) ... shot .451 from the field and .813 from the free throw line … the 63rd Notre Dame player selected in the NBA Draft, Jackson averaged 17.8 points and 3.3 assists in four NCAA Tournament games … finished his career with 1,204 points.
Michael Gbinije, guard, Syracuse
2nd Round/49th overall by the Detroit Pistons
The only ACC player to score in double figures in each of his team’s games (37) this season, Gbinije earned second-team All-ACC honors after finishing first in the ACC in steals (1.9), fifth in scoring (17.5) and eighth in assists (4.3) … Syracuse has had two players drafted in each of the past three drafts … tallied 1,171 career points.
Marcus Paige, guard, North Carolina
2nd Round/55th overall by the Brooklyn Nets
Averaged 15.0 points and 4.0 assists in six NCAA Tournament games … averaged 12.6 points and 3.8 assists for the 33-7 Tar Heels … Paige is one of only two players in ACC history to score 1,800 points, have 500 assists, grab 350 rebounds, make 275 three-pointers, and have 200 steals.