Former Clemson forward Trevor Booker was selected in the first round of the NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday.
Published reports say Booker's rights may be traded to the Washington
Wizards. The first-team All-ACC player was the 23rd overall selection of
the entire draft. With his selection, he is the first Clemson player
chosen in the NBA Draft since Will Solomon was the No. 33 pick in 2001 by
the Vancouver Grizzlies.
With the selection, Clemson has now had a first-round pick this season in
baseball, basketball and football. C.J. Spiller was the #9 pick of the
NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills, while Kyle Parker was the 26th player
taken by the Colorado Rockies in the MLB Draft. It marks only the second
time in school history Clemson had first-round selections in all three
sports in the same year. In 1987, Horace Grant was the #10 pick of the
NBA Draft, Bill Spiers was pick #13 of the MLB Draft, and Terrence Flagler
was selection #25 in the NFL Draft. Clemson, Georgia Tech and Texas are
the only schools in the country this season with first-round draft picks
in all three sports.
Booker's selection was the first for a Clemson player in the first round
since Sharone Wright was the sixth pick of the 1994 draft. Booker is the
seventh first-rounder in Clemson history, and all seven have been post
players. Amazingly, Booker was the first senior selected in the opening
round of the draft at #23.
Booker had an outstanding career at Clemson and left as the school's
all-time leader having played in 93 victories in his four years with the
program. He finished his career third in Clemson history with 1,060
rebounds and fifth with 1,725 points. He led the Tigers to three
consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and to the championship game of
the ACC Tournament as a sophomore in 2008.
He was second-team All-ACC as a junior in 2008-09 when he led the
conference in both rebounding and field goal percentage, and then was
named to the first team as a senior this past season. He was the first
post player from Clemson to be named first-team All-ACC since both Elden
Campbell and Dale Davis in 1990. Campbell and Davis both went on to play
over 10 years apiece in the NBA. Booker was also a two-time All-ACC
Defensive Team selection.
Clemson's All-Time First Round NBA Draft Selections
1977 Tree Rollins 14th (Atlanta Hawks)
1981 Larry Nance 20th (Phoenix Suns)
1987 Horace Grant 10th (Chicago Bulls)
1990 Elden Campbell 27th (Los Angeles Lakers)
1991 Dale Davis 13th (Indiana Pacers)
1994 Sharone Wright 6th (Philadelphia 76ers)
2010 Trevor Booker 23rd (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Booker drafted in first round
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