Sunday, June 29, 2014
Puerto Rico Tip-Off impacts NBA Draft
By Tim Simmons
Led by tournament MVPs Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State and Nik Stauskas of Michigan, nine players that have participated in the last three Puerto Rico Tip-Off were selected Thursday in the National Basketball Association Draft.
Smart and Stauskas were the most valuable players at the 2012 and 2013 Puerto Rico Tip-Off, respectively, as Oklahoma State won the title two years ago by defeating North Carolina State 76-56 in the finals while Michigan dropped a 63-61 decision in the championships game last season to Charlotte.
Smart, who scored 51 points, grabbed 25 rebounds and handed out 13 assists in the three Puerto Rico games in 2012, was drafted sixth overall by the Boston Celtics. In securing the MVP honor at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, Smart scored 20 points in the championship game with seven rebounds and seven assists.
Stauskas, who was picked eighth overall by the Sacramento Kings Thursday, led all scorers in the 2013 Puerto Rico Tip-Off with 70 points, including a 20-point effort in the championship game. He also made 20 of his 39 shots from the field while collecting 12 rebounds and five assists in his three Puerto Rico games.
T. J. Warren of North Carolina State and Mitch McGary of Michigan, who also participated in the previous Puerto Rico Tip-Off, were also selected in the NBA first-round Thursday. Warren, who joined Smart on the 2012 Puerto Rico Tip-Off all-tournament team, was picked 14th overall by the Phoenix Suns while McGary was the 21st overall selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Other players with Puerto Rico Tip-Off experience drafted Thursday by the NBA were Markel Brown (44th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves) of Oklahoma State (2012), Spencer Dinwiddie (38th, Detroit Pistons) of Colorado (2011), Jordan McRae (58th, San Antonio Spurs) of Tennessee (2012), Glenn Robinson III (40th, Minnesota) of Michigan (2013) and Jarnell Stokes (35th, Utah Jazz, 2012 PRTO all-tournament team) of Tennessee (2012).
For previous NBA drafts, here are selections where the players competed in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
* Reggie Bullock, North Carolina 2010 (pick 25 by Los Angeles Clippers)
* André Roberson, Colorado 2011 (pick 26 by Minnesota Timberwolves, traded to Oklahoma City Thunder via Golden State Warriors)
* Lorenzo Brown, North Carolina State 2012 (pick 52 by Minnesota Timberwolves)
* Colton Iverson, Minnesota 2010 (pick 53 by Indiana Pacers, traded to Boston Celtics)
* Harrison Barnes, North Carolina 2010 (pick 7 by Golden State Warriors)
* Kendall Marshall, North Carolina 2010 (pick 13 by Phoenix Suns)
* John Henson, North Carolina 2010 (pick 14 by Milwaukee Bucks)
* Tyler Zeller, North Carolina 2010 (pick 17 by Dallas Mavericks, traded to Cleveland Cavaliers)
* John Jenkins, Vanderbilt 2010 (pick 23 by Atlanta Hawks)
* Festus Ezeli, Vanderbilt 2010 (pick 30 by Golden State Warriors)
* Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt 2010 (pick 31 by Charlotte Bobcats)
* Kim English, Missouri 2008 (pick 44 by Detroit Pistons)
* Robbie Hummel, Purdue 2011 (pick 58 by Minnesota Timberwolves)
* Marcus Denmon, Missouri 2008 (pick 59 by San Antonio Spurs)
* Charles Jenkins, Hofstra 2011 (pick 44 by Golden State Warriors)
* Iman Shumpert, Georgia Tech 2009 (pick 17 by New York Knicks)
* Marshon Brooks, Providence 2007 (pick 25 by Boston Celtics, rights traded to New Jersey Nets)
* Lavoy Allen, Temple 2007 (pick 50 by Philadelphia 76ers)
* Derrick Favors, Georgia Tech 2009 (pick 3 by New Jersey Nets)
* Larry Sanders, Virginia Commonwealth 2007 (pick 15 by Milwaukee Bucks)
* Terrico White, Mississippi 2009 (pick 36 by Detroit Pistons)
* Gani Lawal, Georgia Tech 2009 (pick 46 by Phoenix Suns)
* Dwayne Collins, Miami 2007 (pick 60 by Phoenix Suns)
* Tyreke Evans, Memphis 2008 (pick 4 by Sacramento Kings)
* DeMar DeRozan, USC 2008 (pick 9 by Toronto Raptors)
* Eric Maynor, Virginia Commonwealth 2008) (pick 20 by Utah Jazz)
* Taj Gibson, USC 2008 (pick 26 by Chicago Bulls)
* DeMarre Carroll, Missouri 2008 (pick 27 by Memphis Grizzles)
* Derrick Brown, Xavier 2008 (pick 40 by Charlotte Bobcats)
* Jack Mcclinton, Miami 2007 (pick 51 by San Antonio Spurs)
* Robert Dozier, Memphis 2008 (pick 60 by Miami Heat)
* Sonny Weems, Arkansas 2007 (pick 39 by Chicago Bulls, traded to Denver Nuggets)