June 28, 2006
NEW YORK - Former Gonzaga University standout Adam Morrison was selected as the third pick by the Charlotte Bobcats in Wednesday's NBA Draft.
Morrison, who passed on his senior year at Gonzaga to enter the draft, became the highest Bulldog selection in the draft and the fourth first-round pick from the school.
John Stockton was the 16th pick of the Utah Jazz in 1984, Dan Dickau was the 28th pick by the Sacramento Kings in 2002 and Ian Mahinmi was the 28th pick of the San Antonio Spurs last year as the other first-round Gonzaga picks. Mahinmi had signed a letter-of-intent to join the Bulldogs in the fall of 2005 but never enrolled in school after being drafted last June.
The Toronto Raptors opened the draft by selecting Italian Andrea Bargnani, followed by the Chicago Bulls taking LaMarcus Aldridge of the University of Texas.
Morrison led the NCAA in scoring last season at 28.1 ppg in leading Gonzaga to 29-4 record, a No. 3 seed into the NCAA Tournament and a Sweet Sixteen appearance. Morrison, a product of Spokane's Mead High, was a consensus Associated Press All-American and shared the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Oscar Robertson Trophy and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Player of the Year accolades with Duke University's J.J. Redick. Morrison was also a John R. Wooden Top Five All-American and a Naismith Player of the Year finalist.