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Draft Recap: Oregon Sends Five to the NBA

All five eligible Duck prospects sign on the dotted line

Photo courtesy of Oregon Basketball via Twitter @OregonMBB

Oregon basketball sent all five of their draft eligible prospects to the National Basketball Association. Jordan Bell, Dillon Brooks, Tyler Dorsey, Chris Boucher and Dylan Ennis have all signed on the dotted line with a respective NBA organization.

The Ducks have NOW produced 50 NBA Draft selections all-time, including 11 first rounders. The Pac-12 (6) and the ACC (10) accounted for 53 percent of the first round selections. However, none of them were Ducks.

Overall, the Pac-12 set a league record with 14 players drafted from the conference. Washington’s Markelle Fultz and UCLA’s Lonzo Ball highlighted the talented class.

Bell started the Oregon fire sale in the second round. With the 38th overall pick, the Chicago Bulls chose the Long Beach product. Moments later he was traded to the Golden State Warriors. Bell is a perfect fit for the world champions.

The Atlanta Hawks selected Dorsey with the 41st overall pick in the draft. Atlanta was very interested in Bell prior to the draft, but he was taken three slots earlier.

Three Oregon players were drafted within seven spots of one another (No. 38-45). Additionally, two other players with Oregon affiliations were drafted during that span.

2017 NBA Draft
The NBA failed to select any Ducks in the first round of the draft. However, three Oregon players were drafted within seven spots of one another in the second round. Jordan Bell was the first Duck selected by the Chicago Bulls, but was later traded to the Golden State Warriors.
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With the 43rd overall pick, the Houston Rockets selected the son of former Duck Flo Hartenstein. The German product was actually born in Oregon.

Former Duck guard Damyean Dotson was chosen by the New York Knicks with the 44th overall pick. The Knicks are in a rough situation, but Dotson should see some minutes.

The Rockets then selected Brooks with the 45th overall pick. However, they traded him to the Memphis Grizzlies almost 15 minutes later.

As soon as the draft concluded, Boucher came to terms with the Golden State Warriors as a free agent. The legendary Duck will team up with Jordan Bell in the Bay Area. The possibilities are endless.

Less than an hour after the draft, Dylan Ennis signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Warriors for the 2017 Las Vegas Summer League. The Thunder were exactly who I predicted for Ennis last week. He has an opportunity to succeed in OKC, but has doubled his opportunity of landing somewhere in the league.

It was the first time since 1971 that Oregon had three or more draft eligible players. The ‘71 team sent a host of talent to the professional ranks.

We were lucky to witness the talent of these five on a nightly basis. It’s rare to see a collection of talent with the mindset and desire of them. If their college careers were any indication, they’re in for a long ride at the next level. Always us.

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