Last night, the first two rounds of the NBA Draft occurred on ESPN. Out of all of the players picked, 3 were from the Big East conference which Notre Dame plays in. Here are the 3 players and a little bit about them.
Kemba Walker- This highly talented point guard from UCONN led his team to a national title. His coach implied many times during interviews that they were where they were only because of him. It was no surprise that he was picked in the top 10 of the draft. Charlotte landed him on the number 9 spot in the draft. Look for big things in the future from him.
Marshon Brooks- Averaging 24.6 points per game last year, Marshon was picked 25th by the Boston Celtics. This shooting guard led Providence to a strong year, energizing some much needed life back into this fading program. I expect him to perform well off the bench for Boston, as they look to chase the title next year.
Jimmy Butler- Jimmy is a guard/ forward from Marquette. Averaging 16 points and 6.1 boards per game, he became a pain for teams to play against. Remember, Marquette and UCONN were the last two teams in the NCAA tournament from the Big East; and he was a big part of that. He was selected 30th by the Bulls and should work his way into well rounded a role player next year.
These players played with passion last year in the Big East, and I wish them the best of luck in the NBA.