LOS ANGELES – Three early entrants from UCLA’s basketball team – Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine – are expected to be chosen in the 2014 NBA Draft this Thursday evening at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The NBA Draft presented by State Farm will air live on ESPN and ESPN Radio at 4:00 p.m. (PT) on Thursday, June 26. Coverage will also be available via the WatchESPN app.
A wide range of mock drafts from nationally-affiliated media outlets have UCLA’s three early entrants within the top 35 selections of Thursday’s draft. In addition, UCLA graduates David Wear and Travis Wear are eligible for this season’s NBA Draft.
Adams and Anderson concluded their sophomore seasons in March 2014 by earning first-team All-Pac-12 Conference honors. Adams led UCLA with 17.4 points per game, while Anderson averaged closer to a triple-double than any other college player in 2013-14 (14.6 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 6.5 apg). LaVine was among five freshmen to secure All-Pac-12 Freshman Team acclaim, having averaged 9.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.
The 2014 NBA Draft will feature two rounds of 30 selections each. The Cleveland Cavaliers have the top overall selection for the second consecutive season.
DRAFT HISTORY: Since 1947, UCLA has produced 109 all-time NBA Draft selections, including 34 first-round picks. UCLA has had at least one player selected in 15 of the last 17 NBA Drafts (spanning 1997 through 2013), logging 23 draft selections in the last 17 seasons.
FIRST-ROUND TRIO: Multiple mock drafts, including those at ESPN.com (Chad Ford), CBS Sports (Gary Parrish, Zach Harper), and Yahoo! Sports (Marc Spears) have UCLA’s LaVine, Anderson and Adams all slotted as first-round selections. No college program has had at least three first-round selections since Kentucky had four first-round picks in 2012.
ONCE BEFORE: Only once in school history (1979) has UCLA produced at least three first-round draft selections. The 1979 NBA Draft saw UCLA’s David Greenwood (No. 2 overall), Roy Hamilton (No. 10) and Brad Holland (No. 14) selected by the Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Lakers, respectively.
MULTIPLE FIRST-ROUNDERS: UCLA has produced multiple first-round selections in eight NBA Drafts (1969, 1971, 1974, 1979, 1995, 2008, 2009). Most recently, UCLA had Jrue Holiday (No. 17 overall) and Darren Collison (No. 21) selected in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft. One year prior, UCLA’s Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love were chosen as the No. 4 and No. 5 overall selections, respectively, in the 2008 NBA Draft.
JORDAN ADAMS: A 6-foot-5 guard from Atlanta, Adams thrived at UCLA the last two seasons, helping lead the Bruins to the Pac-12 regular-season title as a freshman in 2013 and to the Pac-12 Tournament title and a Sweet 16 appearance as a sophomore in 2014. He averaged 16.4 points per game through his two-year career and established UCLA’s single-season steals record with 95 steals in 2014. An extremely versatile scorer, Adams shot 46.7 percent overall in his career and made 33.1 percent of his three-point attempts (98-296). Adams was especially clutch at the free throw line, where he shot 83.9 percent (287-342). He concluded his UCLA career ranking No. 43 in school history in total points scored (1,131).
KYLE ANDERSON: Among the nation’s most exciting and versatile athletes in 2013-14, Anderson averaged closer to a triple-double than any other college basketball player last season. He ranked second on the team in scoring (12.2 ppg), finished fourth in the conference in rebounds (team-leading 8.8 rpg) and led all Pac-12 players in assists (6.5 apg). The 6-foot-9 guard from Fairview, N.J., finished his two-year UCLA career having logged 24 double-doubles (had a conference-best 16 in 2013-14). Anderson’s strong play helped lead UCLA to the Pac-12 regular-season title in 2013 and to the Pac-12 Tournament championship and a Sweet 16 berth as a sophomore in 2014. Anderson made 48.3 percent of his three-point shots as a sophomore, connecting on 28 of 58 three-pointers.
ZACH LaVINE: One of the nation’s most impressive freshmen in 2013-14, LaVine (pronounced luh-VEEN) averaged 9.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game, shooting 44.1 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from the three-point arc. A 6-foot-5 guard from Seattle, LaVine scored in double figures in 17 games. He played in all 37 contests for the Bruins, making one start. LaVine ranked fourth on the team in minutes per game (24.4), the sixth-highest average among Pac-12 freshmen. He was one of just five freshmen in the conference to earn Pac-12 All-Freshman Team acclaim.
DAVID WEAR: A 6-foot-10 senior from Huntington Beach, Calif., David Wear was an instrumental part of the Bruins' program the last three seasons. Playing alongside his twin brother, Travis, David averaged 7.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in 103 contests with UCLA (76 starts). He started all 37 games as a senior in 2013-14, registering 6.5 points and 3.8 rebounds. The former standout at Mater Dei High School graduated from UCLA with his degree in political science.
TRAVIS WEAR: A three-year starter for the Bruins, Travis Wear averaged 9.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game in 96 career contests (83 starts). The 6-foot-10 senior from Huntington Beach, Calif., registered 7.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game as a senior, making 83.3 percent (25-of-31) of his free throw attempts in 2013-14. He capped his senior season with the Pac-12 Conference's ninth-highest field goal percentage (53.0 pct, 105-of-198). Both Travis and David Wear played major roles in helping UCLA win the 2013 Pac-12 regular-season title and the 2014 Pac-12 Tournament Championship in addition to advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2014.
DRAFT ORDER: The 2014 NBA Draft order will continue as follows, starting with the first round: (1) Cleveland, (2) Milwaukee, (3) Philadelphia, (4) Orlando, (5) Utah, (6) Boston, (7) L.A. Lakers, (8) Sacramento, (9) Charlotte, (10) Philadelphia, (11) Denver, (12) Orlando, (13) Minnesota, (14) Phoenix, (15) Atlanta, (16) Chicago, (17) Boston, (18) Phoenix, (19) Chicago, (20) Toronto, (21) Oklahoma City, (22) Memphis, (23) Utah, (24) Charlotte, (25) Houston, (26) Miami, (27) Phoenix, (28) L.A. Clippers, (29) Oklahoma City, (30) San Antonio.
The order of the second round is as follows: (31) Milwaukee, (32) Philadelphia, (33) Cleveland, (34) New York, (35) Utah, (36) Milwaukee, (37) Toronto, (38) Detroit, (39) Philadelphia, (40) Minnesota, (41) Denver, (42) Houston, (43) Atlanta, (44) Minnesota, (45) Charlotte, (46) Washington, (47) Philadelphia, (48) Milwaukee, (49) Chicago, (50) Phoenix, (51) New York, (52) Philadelphia, (53) Minnesota, (54) Philadelphia, (55) Miami, (56) Denver, (57) Indiana, (58) San Antonio, (59) Toronto, (60) San Antonio.