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Haliburton, Azubuike and Bane Headline the Big 12’s Night in the NBA Draft

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Four former Big 12 men’s basketball players were selected in the 2020 NBA draft Wednesday evening, with former Iowa State Cyclone Tyrese Haliburton coming off the board first.

Haliburton was selected 12th overall in the first round by the Sacramento Kings. Haliburton played against the Mountaineers just once last season, a 76-61 Iowa State loss. Haliburton scored 12 points with five rebounds and five steals in that game. He was guarded primarily by WVU guard Jermaine Haley, who held Haliburton to one of his lowest scoring outputs of the season.

Former Kansas Jayhawk Udoka Azubuike was the next Big 12 product to come off the board, selected 27th overall in the first round by the Utah Jazz. Azubuike was named the Big 12 Player of the Year following last season. In two games against the Mountaineers, Azubuike scored 23 total points and had 18 rebounds. The senior was often matched up against WVU freshman Oscar Tshiebwe.

Three picks later, former TCU guard Desmond Bane was selected 30th overall by the Boston Celtics and was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. Bane was a first-team All-Big 12 selection after last season. The final Big 12 player to be selected was Jahmi’us Ramsey from Texas Tech, who went 43rd overall in the second round to the Sacramento Kings.

Following the draft, former Jayhawk Devon Doctson signed as an undrafted free agent with the Chicago Bulls and former Baylor BEar Freddie Gillespie signed with the Dallas Mavericks.

WVU’s Jermaine Haley declared for the NBA draft but was not selected and has not yet signed as an undrafted free agent.

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Cody spent the last two years getting his master's degree in journalism from WVU. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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