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Duke's Parker selected No. 2 overall; Warren, Hood, Hairston go in 1st

Posted June 26
Updated June 27

— Duke forward Jabari Parker was selected No. 2 overall Thursday in the NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. Parker becomes the highest draft pick out of Duke since Kyrie Irving in 2011 and is the ninth Blue Devil to go in the first round in the last nine years.

The one-and-done star immediately becomes a face for an organization with new ownership seeking to invigorate its fan base following a franchise-worst 67-loss season. The 6-foot-8 Parker has been lauded for his maturity and offensive skills. 

At No. 14, the Phoenix Suns made NC State's TJ Warren their first-round selection. The 6-foot-8, 215-pound small forward was the ACC player of the year after averaging 24.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore last season.

Warren, a second-team All-American, became the third player in ACC history to lead the conference in scoring and field goal percentage. Last season, he scored 41 points against Pittsburgh and a career-high 42 in a win over Boston College.

Duke forward Rodney Hood was selected No. 23 overall by the Utah Jazz. Hood joins Parker as first-round picks from the Blue Devils, marking the fourth consecutive year Duke has had multiple draft picks.

PJ Hairston, who played most recently in the NBA-Developmental League after being ruled ineligible at North Carolina, was selected No. 26 overall by the Miami Heat. It is presumed that the selection will be traded to the Charlotte Hornets, although all draft-day trades need to be approved by the league.

Thursday marked the first time Duke, UNC and NC State all three had first-round draft picks since 1992 when Christian Laettner, Hubert Davis and Tom Gugliotta all went in round one. Prior to '92, the only other times each of the three Triangle schools produced a first-rounder in the same year was 1977, 1980 and 1986.

Andrew Wiggins of Kansas was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the No. 1 pick. The Cavs went for a freshman from Canada to open the draft for the second straight year and will hope Wiggins works out better than Anthony Bennett.

Wiggins seems a much more ready product after averaging a Kansas freshman-record 17.1 points. He might have ended up as the top pick anyway, but became the best option for the Cavs when Jayhawks teammate Joel Embiid suffered a stress fracture in his right foot shortly before the draft.

The 76ers had two top-10 picks and could afford to take a chance on Embiid, the big man who may have ended up the top prize despite his lone season at Kansas ending early because of a bad back. But once the foot injury popped up during workouts, leaving his NBA debut uncertain after surgery, the two teams at the top passed.

Arizona forward Aaron Gordon went fourth to Orlando, which also had two picks in the lottery.

Former UNC player Cecil Exum's son, Dante, was selected No. 5 overall by the Utah Jazz. He become's the third Australian born player to go in the top 5, joining Andrew Bogut and Kyrie Irving.

Bucks general manager John Hammond likes Parker for his ability to fit into multiple positions in the frontcourt.

"He's a matchup problem," Hammond said. "He can create a shot for himself, can also go into the post and put his back to the basket."

Defense, though, figures to be a work in progress. Hammond said Parker had quick feet for a big man, and noted that Parker figures to benefit from having to guard centers at times at Duke.

Regardless, Parker figures to have an easy transition in Milwaukee. He's from nearby Chicago, and former Blue Devils assistant Steve Wojciechowski is now head coach at Marquette.

The Bucks had three more picks in the second round. The new additions will arrive in Milwaukee just as New York investment firm executives Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens take over as owners.

Lasry and Wesley Edens bought the Bucks for $550 million this spring from former U.S. Sen Herb Kohl, who wasn't fond of using the word "rebuilding."

But that seemingly left the team without a clear, long-term philosophy in recent years. The Bucks have drafted relatively well under Hammond, though some veteran signings haven't panned out. The new owners have said they hope to build a championship contender within three to five years, about the same time frame in which they hope to build a new arena.

That makes this draft especially important for the Bucks. Parker will be relied on to add scoring punch as well as help put fans in the seats.

"He's as offensively gifted a player that I've been around at Duke," Wojciechowski said this week. "His instincts for scoring are unique, his size, his mobility his skill set — offensively, I see a guy who's going to be a 20-point-a-game scorer in the NBA for a long time."

Parker's former high school teammate, Steve Taylor Jr., also plays at Marquette, which shares the same home court at the Bradley Center as the Bucks.

Round 1 Picks:

1 Cleveland: Andrew Wiggins (SG) Kansas
2 Milwaukee: Jabari Parker (SF) Duke 
3 Philadelphia: Joel Embiid (C) Kansas 
4 Orlando: Aaron Gordon (PF) Arizona 
5 Utah: Dante Exum (PG) Australia 
6 Boston: Marcus Smart (PG) Oklahoma St 
7 LA Lakers: Julius Randle (PF) Kentucky 
8 Sacramento: Nik Stauskas (SG) Michigan 
9 Charlotte: Noah Vonleh (PF) Indiana 
10 Philadelphia: (Rights traded to Orlando from New Orleans via Philadelphia) Elfrid Payton (PG) Louisiana Lafayette 
11 Denver: (Rights traded to Chicago) Doug McDermott (SF) Creighton 
12 Orlando: (Magic trades Saric to Sixers for Payton. Originally from New York via Denver) Dario Saric (PF) Croatia 
13 Minnesota: Zach LaVine (PG) UCLA 
14 Phoenix: T.J. Warren (SF) NC State
15 Atlanta: Adreian Payne (PF) Mich St 
16 Chicago: (Rights traded to Denver from Charlotte via Chicago) Jusuf Nurkic (C) Bosnia
17 Boston: James Young (SF) Kentucky 
18 Phoenix: Tyler Ennis (PG) Syracuse 
19 Chicago: (Rights traded to Denver) Gary Harris (SG) Mich St 
20 Toronto: Bruno Caboclo (SF) Brazil
21 Oklahoma City: Mitch McGary (PF) Michigan
22 Memphis: Jordan Adams (SG) UCLA
23 Utah: Rodney Hood (SG) Duke 
24 Charlotte: Rights traded to Miami. Originally from Portland. Shabazz Napier (PG) UConn 
25 Houston: Clint Capela (PF) Switzerland
26 Miami: (To Charlotte) P.J. Hairston (SG) UNC 
27 Phoenix: Bogdan Bogdanovic (SG) Serbia
28 LA Clippers: C.J. Wilcox (SG) Washington 
29 Oklahoma City: Josh Huestis (PF) Stanford
30 San Antonio: Kyle Anderson (PF) UCLA 

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  • BarryHatesAmerica Jul 5, 9:23 p.m.

    I guess it's a good thing that Harriston can play bro ball. Since he didn't do most of his college studies, he knows nothing that would help him find and hold a job in the real world.

  • Hammerhead Jun 29, 8:36 a.m.

    I grew up with the Bucks, and remember their expansion season, 1968-69. They were a very good... View More

    — Posted by Hammerhead

    I see that you don't know that much about the Bucks or you would have said Kareem Abdul Jabbar... View More

    — Posted by conrad27713

    I was referencing the early 80s teams specifically since that is the last time they were consistently good, and didn't bother mentioning everyone on the team. I could have also mentioned Brian Winters, Junior Bridgeman and Mickey Johnson among others. Yes, I remember Kareem, Greg Smith, Cornell Warner, Oscar Robertson, Flynn Robinson, John McGlocklin, Mickey Davis....need I go on?

  • Gunnstigator Jun 27, 7:49 p.m.

    The ACC did pretty good, at least the triangle teams. Congrats to all. I think TJ was a steal... View More

    — Posted by jmcdow2792

    Agree about TJ - he certainly let the play come to him while he was at State. I think he'll be a very good Pro player.

  • vt94hokies Jun 27, 5:52 p.m.

    Totally happy for all of these guys. Parker will make an immediate impact, especially on offense. He can play a few positions, and he can lead a break anytime. He greatly benefitted from a year at Duke. Contrary to some beliefs on here. TJ simply needs to stay away from the party people. He will do the job if he hangs with solid people.

  • shawnjohn78 Jun 27, 5:15 p.m.

    PJ will make a big impact! I see him scoring 15 a game in his rookie season, he is going to get the playing time.

  • 4DukeTillDeath Jun 27, 4:28 p.m.

    As far as PJ going to Charlotte I thought that was a pretty good decision. I expected him to go in the top 15. I think he will do well in Charlotte. Hornets had a really good draft.

  • 4DukeTillDeath Jun 27, 4:19 p.m.

    I grew up with the Bucks, and remember their expansion season, 1968-69. They were a very good... View More

    — Posted by Hammerhead

    I see that you don't know that much about the Bucks or you would have said Kareem Abdul Jabbar... View More

    — Posted by conrad27713

    Both of you forgot to mention the greatest Buck of all time. The only guy to average a triple double for an entire season. The one that led them to the championship. That guy they call The Big O, Oscar Robertson.

  • GK N.Ral Jun 27, 3:02 p.m.

    Another reason to not support the Hornets. A loser with losers

  • bringbacktheoldacc Jun 27, 1:45 p.m.

    your hate for UNC blinds you...Don't hat them at all; more of a pity feeling.

    — Posted by fbguru

    Pity is a good emotion, hate is not. We've pitied State for so many years.

  • fbguru Jun 27, 1:22 p.m.

    your hate for UNC blinds you...Don't hat them at all; more of a pity feeling.

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