Texas became the only NCAA team to have a player drafted amongst the NBA lottery picks in each of the last three drafts when former Longhorn point guard D.J. Augustin had his name called at No. 9 by commissioner David Stern.
Augustin earned consensus First Team All-American honors as a sophomore. In 2007-08 he led the Big 12 in assists (5.8 apg), ranked second in scoring (19.2 ppg) and fourth in free throw percentage (.783). A 6-0 guard, Augustin received the Bob Cousy Award as the nation's top point guard and was a finalist for the Naismith and Wooden Awards. He finished his collegiate career as the fifth all-time leader in Texas history in assists (452), fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.402), ninth in free throw percentage (.808) and 18th in scoring (1,234 points).
Augustin will be joined in Charlotte by French center Alexis Ajinca, who the Bobcats drafted with the 20th pick.
In a release from Texas, Augustin said:
"This is a dream come true. It's a great night for myself and my family, and I'm so happy to be able to share this night with them. I'm used to playing for tough coaches. Coach Barnes is a tough coach, and I'm ready to take on this challenge."
Texas head coach Rick Barnes also released a statement, saying:
"Charlotte got a great pick in D.J. He will make everyone around him better, and Larry Brown will love coaching him. The great thing about D.J. is he loves to learn, and he understands he is just getting started. This is a great night for him, and we're so happy that he now has the chance to fulfill his dream. Just getting in the league won't be enough for D.J., as he will want to make an impact...To have a Top 10 pick in each of the last three years speaks volumes about our program. It's a credit to the players who have come through here and to the staff who works so closely with them. It's a great night for our program. When you see young people get a chance to live their dream and better themselves and help their families, it is very rewarding."
Meanwhile, a trade pending league approval has former Texas point guard T.J. Ford headed to the Indiana Pacers. Ford, Toronto Raptors teammate Rasho Nesterovic and Roy Hibbert -- who was the 17th pick in the 2008 Draft -- will be traded to the Pacers for six-time All-Star forward Jermaine O'Neal, according to the Associated Press.