Thursday, June 28, 2012
Reaction: Mavs pick Bernard James, Jae Crowder
By Clint Foster
DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks selected Bernard James (center, Florida State) and Jae Crowder (forward, Marquette) with the 33rd and 34th picks that they received from the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of the Tyler Zeller trade.
James is a 27-year-old senior who served in the U.S. Air Force in the Middle East from 2003-2008. The crowd at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey chanted "U-S-A" when the James was announced as the 33rd pick.
James, 6'10", 240, ranks second in Florida State history with a .627 field goal percentage and third in school history with 164 blocks. He was All-ACC Honorable Mention and ACC All-Defensive Team as a senior. He ranked first on his team in rebounds (8.1 rpg), blocks (2.3 bpg) and second in points (10.8 ppg).
Crowder is a 6'6", 235 senior. He was named Big East Player of the Year, was a finalist for the John Wooden Award and was AP Second-Team All-American. He ranked first on his team in rebounds (8.4 rpg) and steals (2.5 spg) and was second in scoring (17.5 ppg). He scored in double figures in 31 of 35 games, with a career-hig 29 points and 12 rebounds against Connecticut.
ESPN.com's Chad Ford ranked Crowder 47th in his Top 100 draft prospects and James 71st. Read Crowder's analysis here and James' here (insider).