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June 23, 2011
Led by Cleveland's selection of Duke guard Kyrie Irving as the first overall selection, the ACC had seven players, including five in the first round, selected in the 2011 NBA Draft ... Irving becomes the first ACC player to be the first overall selection since Duke's Elton Brand in 1999 ... with Irving's selection, the ACC now leads all conferences with 10 first overall selections; the Big Ten is second with nine ... Duke led all ACC schools with three selections - Irving, Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler ... the Blue Devils have now had at least one player selected in 12 of the past 14 NBA drafts ... the ACC extended its streak of having at least one first-round selection in 23 consecutive NBA drafts ... Florida State has had at least one player selected in seven of the last eight draft ... over the past three years (2009-2011), the ACC leads all conference with 17 first round drafts picks; the Big 12 is second with 15, followed by the Big East (11), Pac-10 (9), the SEC (7) and the Big Ten (3).
KYRIE IRVING, Duke
1st Round; 1st Selection by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Irving is the first ACC player since Duke's Elton Brand in 1999, and the 10th all-time, to be the first overall selection in the annual NBA draft ... the ACC now leads all conferences with 10 first overall selections, the Big Ten is second with nine ... 15th ACC player to be drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers, including six in the first round ... Irving is the 74th Blue Devil to be drafted, including 29 in the first-round ... averaged 17.5 points and 4.3 assists in 11 games for the ACC Champion Blue Devils ... scored 11 or more points or more in each of his 11 games ... had 31 points in a 84-79 win over Michigan State in the ACC/Big ten Challenge ... missed 26 games with a toe injury ... named ACC Rookie of the Week in three of the first four weeks.
IMAN SHUMPERT, Georgia Tech
1st Round; 17th Selection by the New York Knicks
The 18th Yellow Jacket to be selected in the first round ... Georgia Tech has had a first round selection in each of the past two years (Derrick Favors, 2010) and six since 2003 ... 23rd ACC player to be drafted by the New York Knicks, including seven in the first round ... this past season became only the seventh player in ACC history to lead his team in scoring (17.3), rebounds (5.9) and assists (3.5) ... earned second-team All-ACC honors ... named to the 2011 All-ACC Defensive team ... finished 12th on the ACC career steals per game list (2.25).
CHRIS SINGLETON, Florida State
1st Round, 18th Selection by the Washington Wizards
The 10th Florida State player to be selected in the first round and first since Toney Douglas (Los Angeles Lakers) in 2009 ... the first ACC player since Maryland's Juan Dixon in 2002, and the 10th overall, to be selected in the first round by the Washington Wizards ... earned third-team All-ACC honors as a junior in 2011 ... was the 2010 ACC Defensive Player of the Year ... named to the 2011 All-ACC Defensive team ... had a team-high seven double-doubles and averaged 13.1 points and 6.8 rebounds ... finished tied for 24th on the ACC career steals per game list (1.90).
NOLAN SMITH, Duke
1st Round, 19th Selection by the Portland Trailblazers
Smith, the 2011 ACC Player of the Year, is second Blue Devil to be drafted in the first round of the 2011 NBA draft ... Smith is the 75th Blue Devil to be drafted, including 30 in the first-round ... the drafting of Irving and Smith marks the second time in the past six years that Duke has had two players selected in the first round in the same year ... the 16th ACC player to be drafted by Portland ... led the ACC in scoring (20.6) and finished second in assists (5.1) ... scored 10-or-more points in all but four of Duke's 37 games, including 21 games with 20-or-more points ... the first Blue Devil since J.J. Redick in 2006 to be a unanimous first team All-American ... the 2011 ACC Tournament MVP.
REGGIE JACKSON, Boston College
1st Round, 24th Selection by the Oklahoma City Thunder
Jackson is the first Boston College player to be drafted in the first round since Sean Williams and Jared Dudley in 2007 ... the 15th ACC player to be drafted by Oklahoma City/Seattle Supersonics ... earned first-team All-ACC honors after averaging a team-high 18.2 points and 4.3 assists as a junior this past season ... scored in double figures in 30 of Boston College's 34 games ... had 14 games with 20 or more points including a season-high 31 points in a 76-72 win over Maryland (F12).
KYLE SINGLER, Duke
2nd Round, 33rd Selection by the Detroit Pistons
Singler is the third Blue Devil selected in the 2011 NBA draft ... the 16th ACC player to be drafted by the Pistons ... averaged 16.9 points and 6.8 rebounds as a senior in 2011... a two-time first-team All-ACC selection in 2010 and 2011 ... scored 10-or-more points in 34 of Duke's 37 games this past season ... finished his career with 2,392 points and 1,015 rebounds and became only the 10th player in ACC history to have 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in their career ... finished his career second on the ACC all-time win list with a 125 wins.
JORDAN WILLIAMS, Maryland
2nd Round, 36th Selection by the New Jersey Nets
Williams is the 57th Maryland player to be selected in the annual NBA draft ... the 13th ACC player to be drafted by New Jersey ... earned first-team All-ACC honors after leading Maryland in scoring (16.9), rebounding (11.8) and blocked shots (45) ... led ACC in rebounding and finished second nationally with 25 double-doubles ... averaged a league-best 6.9 free throws per game ... had 10 games with 20 points and 10 rebounds.