Mbakwe, Williams hope to end Gophers’ NBA draft drought

Jace Frederick

Former Gopher forwards Trevor Mbakwe and Rodney Williams are potential selections in tonight's NBA draft.

If either one of them is taken, it will end the program's nine-year draftless drought. The last Gopher to be selected in the NBA draft was forward Kris Humphries when he was taken 14th overall by the Utah Jazz in 2004. 

Mbakwe appears to be the Gophers' best shot at a selection. He's projected to go in the second round by DraftExpress.com and NBADraft.net, while Williams is undrafted, according to both sites.

For more on Mbakwe's path to the draft, click here.

Leading into tonight, no Gophers have been selected from the Tubby Smith era.

Between 1970 and 2004, 31 Gophers were taken in the draft.