SEATTLE – University of Washington freshman Dejounte Murray joins his teammate Marquese Chriss as the second Husky to be drafted in the 2016 NBA Draft as he was selected 29th by the San Antonio Spurs Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. He is the 13th player to be drafted by the NBA under Romar. Washington is one of three schools with two first round picks in the 2016 NBA Draft.
With Chriss’ No. 8 pick, Washington now has two first rounder’s for the first time since the 2012 season (Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten), which is also marks just the second time in program history that two Dawgs have been taken in the first round.
Murray, a Seattle native, had a stellar freshman year on Montlake, finishing second on the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game to go along with a team-high 6.0 rebounds per game. He started in all 34 games and dished out 151 assists, setting the UW freshman single-season record, which also ranks eighth all-time in UW single-season history.
“[Murray has] NBA talent, he’s got potential for the future,” said ESPN analyst Jay Bilas. “He’s very very talented and athletic, a long-armed guard with a 6-9.5 wingspan and he’s very good in transition and can finish above the rim I’d classify him as a scoring guard. He’s got good hands on defense. He’s got a ton of talent and he is another really good kid.”
He picked up All-Pac-12 Second Team honors while also earning a spot on the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team after reaching double-digit scoring in 26 games. He also set the UW freshman single-game scoring record after scoring 34 points against Arizona State. Over the final 10 outings of the season, Murray averaged 19.2 points helping UW reach the second round of the NIT.
He was one of three freshman to earn a spot on an the All-Pac-12 Second team and was the first UW freshman to be named to both and All-Conference team and the All-Freshman team since Tony Wroten in 2012. Additionally he’s the third Romar-coached freshman to earn both honors joining Wroten and Isaiah Thomas (2009).
Murray led all Pac-12 freshmen in scoring (15.3), steals (1.8) and assists (4.3) during conference action and was second in rebounding (5.8). In the UW freshman record book, Murray finished first in assists (151), second in points (548) and steals (62), third in rebounds (203) and fourth in minutes (1,139).
In the last 14 drafts, at least one Husky has been selected in all but three years (2008, 2013, 2015). Additionally, the Dawgs have had 54 overall picks in the NBA Draft, including Romar’s selection in 1980.