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Three Longhorns taken in NBA Draft


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USATSI_16477855_168380999_lowres.jpgBrad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Longhorns had three players taken in the NBA Draft on Thursday evening, tying a school record for selections on draft night.  Kai Jones, Greg Brown and Jericho Sims were all selected tying Florida State with the most players selected in this year's draft.

Jones was grabbed with the 19th pick by the New York Knicks in the first round but was traded to the Charlotte Hornets.  He spent two seasons at Texas and averaged 6.2 points, 4 rebounds and one block in 19.8 minutes per game.  Jones raised his draft stock last season, playing in 26 of 27 games and earned an honorable mention and Sixth Man Award from the Big 12. With Jones' selection, the Longhorns now have 19 first round NBA picks.

After playing just one season with the Longhorns, forward Greg Brown III was picked by the New Orleans Pelicans with the #43 pick in the second round.  Brown's draft rights were then traded to the Portland Trailblazers.  Brown, a former 5-star recruit and McDonald's All-American, played in 26 games and averaged 6.2 rebounds and 9.3 points per game.  He received honorable mention honors and was one of five players selected to the Big 12's Newcomer of the Year team.

Jericho Sims capped the trio of Longhorns drafted, with the New York Knicks selecting the four-year letterwinner with the 58th overall pick.  In his four years at Texas he played in 119 games with 77 starts and averaged 6.6 points and 5.4 rebounds in 20.5 minutes played per game.  He was an honorable Big 12 mention in his junior and senior seasons and earned his bachelor's degree in May.

  

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