No Gophers, 5 Big Ten players selected in NBA draft

by Derek Wetmore

Five former Big Ten basketball players had their name called Thursday at the NBA Draft at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

All-American forward JuJuan Johnson of Purdue was selected with the 27th pick in the first round by the New Jersey Nets. His draft rights were traded to the Boston Celtics. First-rounders’ rights include a guaranteed contract by their team. Johnson was the only Big Ten player with that luxury this year.

All-Big Ten forward and Minnesota native Jon Leuer of the University of Wisconsin was picked by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 40th pick in the second round.

One pick later, combo guard Darius Morris of Michigan was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers.

Ohio State guard Jon Diebler was picked by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 51st selection. All-Big Ten performer and Purdue guard Etwaun Moore was the final Big Ten player selected, chosen by the Boston Celtics with the 55th selection.

No Gophers were selected in this year’s draft.


Sports Reporter Sam Gordon was the primary author of this report.