Former Mizzou basketball point guard Jordan Clarkson was selected by the Washington Wizards in the second round of the NBA Draft on Thursday night with the 46th overall pick. He was then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. Clarkson becomes the 44th Tiger drafted all-time. He is also joins former Mizzou standout Kareem Rush to be drafted and then traded for by the Lakers since the 2002 draft. Rush was drafted No. 20 overall in 2002 by Toronto before heading to LA.
Clarkson also joins Kim English (Detroit Pistons, 2012), Marcus Denmon (San Antonio Spurs, 2012) and Alex Oriakhi (Phoenix Suns, 2013) as Tigers drafted into the NBA since 2012. Phil Pressey of the Boston Celtics played in 75 games and averaged 3.2 assists per game last season as a free agent.
In his one season at Mizzou, Clarkson ranked second on the team in scoring (17.5 ppg) and tops in assists (3.4). He reached double-figures in 34-of-35 games as a junior and was named the SEC’s Player of the Week on three occasions. Clarkson finished among the SEC’s Top 10 in scoring (seventh, 17.5), assists (seventh, 3.4), field goal percentage (ninth, .447), assist/turnover ratio (ninth, 1.3) and minutes played (third, 35.1).
Jabari Brown, who left Missouri in pursuit of an NBA job, went unpicked in last night’s two rounds that included 60 picks.
Joining Clarkson in L.A. with be SEC rival Julius Randle of Kentucky, who was selected seventh overall by the Lakers.
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