Milwaukee Bucks Draft David Noel

David Noel's NBA career has begun. The former Tar Heel was selected with the No. 39 overall pick in the NBA Draft on Wednesday night. A 6-6, 223-pound Durham native, he earned second-team All-ACC honors in leading UNC to its surprising second-place finish in the ACC and top-ten national ranking in 2005-06.

"I had been hearing a lot of talk with my agent and with the Bucks' organization that they were very interested with the No. 39 and that I was definitely in their top three to be taken," Noel told the Milwaukee media. "I'm definitely going to bring that defensive intensity. That's the best part of my game. I think I can be the defensive catalyst for the team."

Noel averaged 12.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists, while shooting 42 percent on three-point attempts as a senior.

"I like his toughness, I like his mentality," Bucks coach Terry Stotts said. "When you have the fundamental base that he has and with the athletic ability that he has, it just increases his chances of being successful in the NBA."

Earlier this month at the NBA Pre-Draft Camp in Orlando, Fla., Noel wowed observers in the athleticism drills, rating the No. 1 athlete of the 81 participants.

"He gives us what we were looking for in the draft: an athletic wing player," Stotts added. "He is an athletic specimen. He's a smart player and he's been well-coached. He's a guy who we had targeted from the beginning."

In five "Athleticism Tests" the NBA puts draft prospects through, Noel logged a high-score of 310.7689 that was 21.4667 better than the runner-up. Running, jumping and agility were tested by measuring vertical jumps (no-step and maximum), counting bench presses of 185 pounds and timing of lane agility drills and 3/4-court sprints. Noel jumped 34.5" and 38.5" for fourth and ninth. He bench-pressed 185 pounds 20 times for sixth-best, his lane drill of 10.54 put him in fourth-place and he sprinted in 3.07 seconds to miss first-place by one-hundreth of a second (.01)

"[David's agent] felt the clubs were really impressed with David's athleticism and his ability to play basketball," Roy Williams said last week. "They're not saying that he was the best shooter or the best dribbler or the best jumper, but his athleticism and his all-around ability [have impressed]. And everybody has been talking about what a great, great kid and what great character he has."

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