SEATTLE – University of Washington standout freshman Marquese Chriss became the 12th player to be drafted by the NBA in the Lorenzo Romar as he was selected as the number eight pick by the Sacramento Kings Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Chriss is the eighth player to go in the first round under Romar and the first since C.J. Wilcox in 2015.
Chriss’ pick is the highest by a Dawg since Terrence Ross was taken eighth in 2012 and he is just the fourth Husky to go in the top 10. The Huskies have also now had at least one draft pick in nine of Romar’s 14 years at the helm.
“He’s a young player who is an absolute freak athlete that plays above the rim,” said ESPN analyst Jay Bilas. “He’s 6-10 and has a 7-foot wing span and he has a 39-inch vertical leap, that’s a pretty good combo. He can offensive rebound, he can block shots and has great athleticism where he can step back and knock down shots. He’s got a great future ahead of him.”
Chriss, out of Sacramento, California, averaged 13.7 points and 5.4 rebounds last season en route to earning Honorable Mention Pac-12 All-Freshman team honors. Chriss provided highlight reel plays throughout the year for the Dawgs and finished second on the team in blocks, setting the UW freshman record with 55.
He started every game, reached double figures in 24 of 34 outings while also registering six double doubles. Chriss finished the season averaging 20.5 points and 7.5 rebounds over the final four games. He also shot 53.0 percent from the field during the year while picking up 32 steals.
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 53 overall picks in the NBA Draft, including Romar’s selection in 1980.