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Cooper first African-American drafted in NBA

Updated: April 25, 2001, 9:40 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

April 25, 1950

Duquesne's Chuck Cooper, a second-team All-American, becomes the first African-American drafted by an NBA team when he's selected in the second round by the Boston Celtics.

Other African-Americans selected in the draft are Virginia State's Earl Lloyd and North Carolina College's Harold Hunter (both by the Washington Caps) and Kentucky State's Ed Thompson (by the Fort Wayne Pistons).

The 6-foot-5 Cooper will average 6.7 points and 5.9 rebounds in ...

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