Washington State's Kyle Weaver was just picked by the Charlotte Bobcats in the second round of the NBA Draft, the 38th overall selection.
Weaver is the Bobcats third pick in the draft following first rounders D.J. Augustin (#9) from Texas and Alexis Ajinca (#20) a center from France.
Weaver, who can play the one or two in the NBA, will compete against a crowded backcourt in Charlotte. Raymond Felton (a former first round pick), Derek Anderson (a ten year veteran), Earl Boykins, Matt Carroll, and Jason Richardson (who can also play forward) are all on the roster. Add to that Augustin who averaged 19 points, nearly six assists, and three rebounds per game for the Longhorns last year as a sophomore.
The last Cougar drafted into the NBA was Mark Hendrickson back in 1996 (that's the last I could find at least). The Philadelphia 76ers picked Hendrickson in the second round, the 31st overall selection.
More to come...
UPDATE 9:05pm: I can't find anything about Weaver working out with the Bobcats. On Charlotte's website there is a run down of every workout the team put together...Kyle is never mentioned.
They must have seen him during the regular season and there's a great chance (I'll almost guarantee it) they got to see Weaver during the Sweet 16 at Charlotte Bobcats Arena.
There's a lot to love when you look at his numbers. Kyle does everything well (I'm sure you don't need a reminder). He averaged 12 points, four assists, and five rebounds a game last year as a senior. It's his defense that NBA teams liked the most (some compare him to San Antonio's Bruce Bowen). Weaver averaged around two steals and a block per game his last three seasons at Wazzu (defensive skills are hard to quantify, but I tried).
Thanks to the WSU Sports Information Department for this bit of information: Weaver is the 29th Cougar to be drafted into the NBA and he's just the ninth Washington State player to be selected in the last 25 years. At #38, Weaver is the fifth-highest Coug ever drafted.
That's all I really have on Weaver for now.
Are you happy for Kyle? How do you think he fits in with Charlotte? I'm open to all comments...
As for Derrick Low, the draft just wrapped up and he wasn't picked (as expected).
Look for updates on Weaver and Low in the coming days (hopefully).