Anderson Joins the Crowd

James Anderson became the fourth Oklahoma State athlete to become a first-round draft pick in the last three months - joining Russell Okung, Dez Bryant and Andrea Riley - on Thursday night. Anderson, who completed his junior year this past season and decided to enter the NBA after just three years at Oklahoma State, was the 20th overall pick by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2010 NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-6 junior from Junction City, Ark., was the unanimous Big 12 Player of the Year and earned first team All-America honors by Yahoo! Sports and second team Associated Press All-American recognition after averaging 22.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists for the Cowboys this past season.

Anderson leaves Oklahoma State - although he has one more season of eligibility remaining - as the fourth-highest scorer in Cowboy history with 1,811 career points. He scored 735 points during the 2009-10 season, which is the second most in a single season in school history behind Bryant Reeves' 797 points.

Anderson joins former OSU athletes Okung, Bryant and Riley as first-round draft choices in recent months.

Okung, the All-American offensive tackle for the Cowboys, was the sixth overall selection by the Seattle Seahawks in April's NFL Draft, and Bryant was the 24th pick by the Dallas Cowboys.

Then, Riley became the first Oklahoma State women's basketball player ever to be selected in the WNBA Draft when the Cowgirl point guard was selected eighth overall by the Los Angeles Sparks.

Anderson becomes the first Cowboy taken in the first round of the NBA Draft since Joey Graham was the 16th overall selection of the Toronto Raptors in 2005.

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