Brooklyn, N.Y. -
“We won (in 2017-18) because we had talented guys,” said Wright. “I think that’s been very clear as our guys went through this process.”
On Thursday night a group of pivotal players from the Wildcats’ 2018 NCAA national championship team heard their names called at the 2018 National Basketball Association Draft here at Barclays Center.
Julius Erving Award winner Mikal Bridges (Malvern, Pa.) was a lottery selection, chosen 10th by the Philadelphia 76ers, and was later traded to the Phoenix Sun.
2018 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player Donte DiVincenzo was also selected in the first round, taken with the 17th overall pick by Milwaukee Bucks.
BIG EAST Freshman of the Year Omari Spellman went to the Atlanta Hawks with the 30th overall selection.
Consensus National Player of the Year Jalen Brunson was chosen by the Dallas Mavericks with the 33rd overall selection in the second round.
It was, in many ways an historic night for the Villanova program. This marks just the second time in program history that the Wildcats have produced multiple first round picks in the same draft (2007, Randy Foye and Kyle Lowry). It also surpasses the highest total of draft picks in a single draft in a modern era that began in 1988 when the draft was reduced from seven rounds to two. In three prior drafts – 1983, 1985 and 1997 – a trio of Wildcats were selected.
A total of 60 Wildcats have been drafted in the National Basketball Association Draft. Four of those, including Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Paul Arizin, were “territorial picks” by the Philadelphia Warriors in the 1950s.
The updated list of all-time Villanova first round draft choices through the years.
1961 – Tom Hoover (Philadelphia)
1965 - Jim Washington (St. Louis)
1983 – Stewart Granger (Cleveland)
1985 – Ed Pinckney (Phoenix)
1986 – Harold Pressley (Sacramento)
1996 – Kerry Kittles (New Jersey)
1997 – Tim Thomas (New Jersey traded to Philadelphia)
2001 – Michael Bradley (Toronto)
2006 – Randy Foye (Boston traded to Minnesota)
2006 – Kyle Lowry (Memphis)
2017 – Josh Hart (Utah traded to L.A. Lakers)
2018 – Mikal Bridges (Philadelphia traded to Phoenix)
2018 – Donte DiVincenzo (Milwaukee)
2018 – Omari Spellman (Atlanta)
The 2017-18 Villanova Men’s Basketball season is presented by KeyBank.