Xavier’s first NBA first round draft pick is not Jordan Crawford
During ESPN’s coverage of the NBA Draft Thursday night, one of the network’s bottom line tickers proclaimed Jordan Crawford was the first Xavier player in school history to be selected in the first round of the NBA draft.
Maybe because of the world’s short attention span today, ESPN thought the statement was true. In reality it is far from true.
Because Xavier does not produce perennial first round selections like Ohio State, Kentucky or North Carolina, it is easy for outsiders to forget the Musketeers have done well for themselves when it comes to the draft.
Tyrone Hill became the first Xavier player selected in the first round of the NBA Draft when he was taken as a lottery selection and 11th overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 1990.
Prior to Hill’s selection, 21 Muskies were selected in the NBA Draft dating back to 1957, however none were ever taken higher than the second round.
Since 1990, Brian Grant was taken eighth overall by the Sacramento Kings in 1994, James Posey went 18th overall to the Denver Nuggets in 1999, and David West was picked 18th overall by the New Orleans Hornets in 2003.
Which means when the New Jersey Nets selected Crawford late in the first round, and later traded him to the Atlanta Hawks, he became the fifth Xavier player selected in first round.
Additionally since Pete Gillian arrived at Xavier in 1985, the program through several coaching changes has a had a handful of players also taken in the second round of the draft. These selections include Derek Strong to the Philadelphia 76ers in 1990, Torraye Braggs to the Utah Jazz in 1998, Lionel Chalmers to the Los Angeles Clippers and Romain Sato to the San Antonio Spurs in 2004, and Derrick Brown to the Charlotte Bobcats in 2009.
Don’t forget about these guys ESPN. This group of Xavier first round draft picks includes three NBA all-star selections and two championships.