Nine players from the Big East conference -- four in the first round and five in the second -- were selected in last night's NBA Draft. Here's a quick recap of who went where and why.
For absurdly extensive coverage of the draft, check out Alan Hahn's blog, The Knicks Fix. Hahn and our team of reporters at MSG posted about 50 times over the span of the evening and early morning. Well done boys.
(2) Hasheem Thabeet -- UConn -- MEMPHIS
This is where the big man was supposed to go. We know he'll help the Griz defensively, it's the other end of the floor that may take a few years. The first step, however, is to toughen him up.
(6) Jonny Flynn -- Syracuse -- MINNESOTA
Perhaps the most perplexing pick of the draft, and why many our criticizing the T-Wolves' guard-heavy bonanza draft. GM David Kahn drafted Spain's Ricky Rubio, also a point guard, minutes earlier with the fifth pick. Then they drafted Ty lawson 18th. Kahn insisted he'd keep both Flynn and Rubio, though the latter doesn't exactly want to be there.
(11) Terrence Williams -- Louisville -- NEW JERSEY
Vince Carter is gone. Terrence Williams arrives. I'm not saying Williams will be the next VC, but I think they're similar. Vinsanity is a better shooter, but T-Will, like Carter, has all the tools and is now part of Jersey's rebuilding project.
(14) Earl Clark -- Louisville -- PHOENIX
Could be a steal. Could be a bust. There's no doubt Earl Clark has the body and skill to be an effective pro. The question is ... does he want to be?
(33) Dante Cunningham -- Villanova -- PORTLAND
Cunningham had a terrific year for the 'Cats and Portland must like what they saw -- drafting him ahead of Pitt's duo of Young & Blair. He could be a solid off-the-bench guy for years to come.
(35) DaJuan Summers -- Georgetown -- DETROIT
Summers had an underwhelming junior year for the Hoyas, although you can attribute that to a mid-season ankle injury. When healthy, he's a great shooter and slasher.
(36) Sam Young -- Pittsburgh -- MEMPHIS
I can't believe Young fell this far. Sure, he's pretty streaky. But, he's defintely NBA-ready. Guy has a LeBron-like build ... he might be older than him, actually.
(37) DeJuan Blair -- Pittsburgh -- SAN ANTONIO
The Spurs tend to do this -- luck out late in the draft. They sure did in this case. Not a harder worker amongst these nine than Blair, whose best remembered for tossing around that guy who got picked 35 picks earlier.
(52) A.J. Price -- UConn -- INDIANA
Long Island's own is off to the Pacers. After an up-and-down career at UConn, Price had a lot to prove senior year and led the Huskies to the Final Four. He's more of a backup in the NBA, but he's just as talented as many of the PGs drafted way earlier.