Friday, June 27, 2008

Five Jayhawks taken in NBA draft

Rush, Arthur only two in first round

Portland drafted Brandon Rush, but traded him to Indiana. New Orleans drafted Darrell Arthur, but the pick was on behalf of Portland (and he was later sent to Houston in a separate deal, then immediately shipped to Memphis). Mario Chalmers was selected by Minnesota, but was traded to the Miami Heat.



Nick Nelson/LJW Staff

All Jayhawks drafted in the 2008 NBA Draft were traded at least once.

Three Jayhawks taken in first 34 picks of NBA Draft

Brandon Rush was the first Jayhawk selected in the NBA Draft. Darrell Arthur followed later in the first round and Mario Chalmers was drafted early in the second. Also, we capture some fan reactions to the selections.

Kansas University tied an NBA record by having five players taken in Thursday night's draft, but only two players were selected in the first round.

Many expected this to be the first time KU had three players selected in the first round of the same draft, but it didn't happen.

Brandon Rush was taken with the 13th pick by the Portland Trail Blazers and then traded to the Indiana Pacers, where he joins brother Kareem on the roster. Darrell Arthur slipped all the way to 27th in the draft, reportedly because of concerns over the condition of his kidney. He was selected by the New Orleans Hornets, traded to the Trailblazers, and then was dealt to the Houston Rockets, who traded him to the Memphis Grizzlies.

"My health is fine," Arthur said during ESPN's telecast of the draft.

Mario Chalmers was the first of three KU players chosen in the second round. He was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 34th selection and then traded to the Miami Heat. The Heat used the 52nd pick on Darnell Jackson and then traded his rights to the Cleveland Cavaliers. With the 56th pick, the Seattle SuperSonics selected Sasha Kaun, who already had signed a contract with a professional team in Russia. Kaun's rights also were traded to the Cavaliers.


Chris Shaw 12 years, 11 months ago

I think Darnell Jackson wasn't traded. That pick was just initially acquired from Orlando in a past trade or some other deal that did not happen during this draft. I don't know what the record would be, but KU tied UConn and Florida for most players ever drafted in a 2 round draft.

Chris Shaw 12 years, 11 months ago

J-jhawk: Wow, you are right! That must have happened early this morning with Miami shipping D-block to Cleveland. I can't keep up with all these trades. Crazy!

jcsmith 12 years, 11 months ago

Why so much trading of rights with our guys. Every single jayhawk that went in the draft this year, had his rights traded not 30 minutes after the selection. WTF? How come none of the other prospects got traded very often? Do people seriously not want players from the National Championship team???

JJHAWK 12 years, 11 months ago

For KU fans a question has to be how many of our seven incoming scholarship players have a legitimate shot at the NBA draft. Obviously it's a tough process when Memphis's all-American off guard slid to the second round.Does anyone know NBA records? Every KU player that got drafted got traded immediately - must be an NBA first of some sort based on the number of players drafted.

Clinton Hanson 12 years, 11 months ago

Haha about the Beasley Chalmers thing if you go to the Miami heat site they have a interview with rose Beasley and Chalmers after the first summer league game Beasley and Chalmers seemed to have gotten a quick friendship with each other joking around with each other, Beasley even said he thinks Chalmers could start next year. I didn't like Beasley at K-state but now that hes with Chalmers hes surprisingly growing to my likings.

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