Friday, June 29, 2012
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DALLAS — Marquette forward and former South Georgia Tech star Jae Crowder was picked 34th late Thursday in the NBA draft by Cleveland but was quickly dealt to the Dallas Mavericks in a multi-player deal.
Dallas used its only pick of the first round to get 7-foot North Carolina center Tyler Zeller at No. 17 overall, then traded his rights to Cleveland for three players — Oregon State guard Jared Cunningham, Florida State’s Bernard James and Crowder.
“We wanted to get some hard-playing, energetic-type kids. … We feel it was a good night for us,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “It’s a time of change right now. We’re going to load up on the right kind of guys and we’re going to coach the heck out of them.”
Crowder was the Big East Player of the Year as a senior last season, when he averaged 17.5 points and, 8.4 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game.
The 6-foot-6 Crowder scored 20 points or more 13 times, and was in double figures in 31 of 35 games last season.
ALBANY’S YOUNG NOT DRAFTED, BUT HE STILL HAS OPTIONS: Former Deerfield-Windsor star and Clemson grad Andre Young didn’t hear his name called during Thursday night’s draft, but that doesn’t mean he is giving up.
His agent said the 5-foot-9 point guard, who averaged 13.3 points and 3.1 assists for Clemson last season, still has options.
Adam Pensack said in an email to The Herald on draft day that if Young wasn’t drafted he anticipated getting several invites from teams to compete in their summer leagues for a chance to make the roster next season.