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The 2021 NBA Draft was held on Thursday night, and while it isn’t nearly as popular as the NFL draft, there were still several former college basketball stars selected who might pique people’s interest.
All-in-all, the SEC saw 12 players selected. Seven of them went in the first round, while the other five went in the second. The first SEC player taken was former Alabama combo guard Joshua Primo, who went No. 12 overall to the San Antonio Spurs.
After Cade Cunningham went to the Detroit Pistons at No. 1 overall, Jalen Green from the G-League was selected by the Houston Rockets at No. 2. Had Green not gone to the G-League, he said back in February that he would’ve gone to Auburn.
Can you imagine that Tigers backcourt with Green joining Sharife Cooper, who went No. 48 to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night? Cooper averaged 20.2 points, 8.1 assists and 4.3 rebounds in 12 games for Auburn last season.
In other words, he would’ve likely been a lethal combination with Green.
Anyways, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee all saw two of its former players taken on Thursday night. Here are all 10 of those, plus one standout from Arkansas and LSU.
12. San Antonio Spurs – Joshua Primo, Alabama
14. Golden State Warriors – Moses Moody, Arkansas
18. Oklahoma City Thunder – Tre Mann, Florida
21. New York Knicks – Keon Johnson, Tennessee (traded to Clippers)
22. Los Angeles Lakers – Isaiah Jackson, Kentucky (traded to Pacers)
27. Brooklyn Nets – Cameron Thomas, LSU
28. Philadelphia 76ers – Jaden Springer, Tennessee
35. New Orleans Pelicans – Herbert Jones, Alabama
37. Detroit Pistons – JT Thor, Auburn (traded to Hornets)
48. Atlanta Hawks – Sharife Cooper, Auburn
51. Memphis Grizzlies – Brandon Boston Jr., Kentucky (traded to Clippers)
56. Charlotte Hornets – Scottie Lewis, Florida
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Look I know Clay and TK are from the south, but goodness you all are getting worse than ESPN with the SEC bias. No one cares (except for UK fans) about SEC basketball. Oh wait, maybe Texas and Oklahoma will make the conference better in basketball. Never mind they left behind the best basketball teams in the Big 8 (Baylor, KU, Tex Tech, and WVU).