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Myles Turner picked 11th in NBA Draft

Matt Cotcher


Courtesy of UT Athletics:



BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Former University of Texas basketball standout Myles Turner was selected as the No. 11 pick by the Indiana Pacers in the 2015 NBA Draft on Thursday evening at Barclays Center. Turner is the seventh lottery pick (joining Chris Mihm in 2000, T.J. Ford in 2003, LaMarcus Aldridge in 2006, Kevin Durant in 2007, D.J. Augustin in 2008 and Tristan Thompson in 2011) and the 15th first-round selection in program history.


In his lone season in Austin, Turner earned Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year and All-Big 12 Third Team honors in addition to claiming a spot on both the Big 12 All-Defensive Team and the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team. He played in all 34 games (seven starts) and led the team in blocked shots (89, 2.62 bpg) and rebounding (6.5 rpg) and ranked third in scoring (10.1 ppg) while averaging 22.2 minutes per contest.


The 89 blocks ranked second on the UT freshman season chart (Chris Mihm, 90 in 1997-98) and fourth on the school’s single-season list. Turner reached double figures in scoring 13 times and in rebounding seven times during the 2014-15 season. He also posted four double-doubles and converted 94-of-112 (.839) free throws.


Since the NBA Draft began in 1947, a total of 42 Longhorns have heard their names called on draft night.


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