ACC leads all conferences in NBA Draft picks


The ACC led all conferences with nine players selected in the 2016 NBA Draft. Four of those were taken in the first round, with Duke forward Brandon Ingram leading the way at No. 2 overall, going to the Los Angeles Lakers.

This marked the third straight draft the Blue Devils produced a top-three pick, with Jabari Parker going No. 2 overall in 2014 and Jahlil Okafor hearing his name called at No. 3 overall last year.

Florida State’s Malik Beasley was drafted No. 19 overall by the Denver Nuggets, becoming the first Seminole to go in the first round since Chris Singleton in 2011. He is also the first one-and-done player in FSU history.

Malachi Richardson, who will be traded to Sacramento after going No. 22 overall to Charlotte, is Syracuse’s third one-and-done player in as many years to go in the first round, joining Chris McCullough (2015) and Tyler Ennis (2014).

North Carolina power forward Brice Johnson was the final ACC player to go in the first round. He was drafted No. 25 overall by the Los Angeles Clippers and is the 16th UNC player to be taken in the first round since Roy Williams became the Tar Heels’ head coach in 2003.

UNC and Syracuse placed two players each in the NBA Draft. Duke, Florida State, Virginia, Louisville and Notre Dame rounded out the list of ACC schools to produce a draft pick this year, with one player each.

Here is a full list:


Round 1

2. Brandon Ingram, Duke — Los Angeles Lakers

19. Malik Beasley, Florida State — Denver Nuggets

22. Malachi Richardson, Syracuse — Charlotte Hornets (will be traded to the Sacramento Kings)

25. Brice Johnson, North Carolina — Los Angeles Clippers


Round 2

36. Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia —Milwaukee Bucks

37. Chinanu Onuaku, Louisville — Houston Rockets

45. Demetrius Jackson, Notre Dame — Boston Celtics

49. Michael Gbinije, Syracuse — Detroit Pistons

55. Marcus Paige, North Carolina — Brooklyn Nets (traded to the Utah Jazz)