Great Draft Day for the Huskies

It was shaping up to be a Dawg Day Afternoon in New York and things turned to be exactly as advertised. One Washington player and another signee were drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, something that's never happened in the history of Husky basketball.

Nate Robinson was taken with the 21st pick in the first round of the NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns. The 5-foot-9 guard from Washington was a third-team Associated Press and NABC All-American in 2005 and was also honored as a first-team All-Pac-10 Conference selection for the second season.

But Nate wasn't the only player with UW ties taken in the first round. Washington signee Martell Webster, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard from Seattle Prep, was taken by the Portland Trailblazers with the 6th pick overall. Webster was named to the 2005 McDonald's All-America Team and was one of 10 finalists for the Naismith Award, awarded to the nation's top high school player. Martell was also named to the PARADE Magazine All-America First Team and USA Today's Preseason Super 25.

It's the first time two players with UW ties have ever been selected in the first round of the NBA draft. The last time two UW players went in the draft was back in 1999. In that draft, center Todd MacCulloch went to Philadelphia with the 47th pick overall and Roberton Bergersen was taken by Atlanta with the 52nd pick. The last player with UW ties to be picked in the first round was Dan Dickau, who went to Sacramento with the 28th pick. It's been 18 years since the last pure first-round pick for the Huskies. In 1987, center Chris Welp went to Philadelphia with the 16th overall selection.

Washington players Will Conroy and 'Tre Simmons went undrafted and will continue to pursue their dream of playing in the NBA through free agency. Top Stories