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Players with Indiana ties popular in NBA Draft

Thursday, June 26, 2008


AP Sports Writer

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana guard Eric Gordon, who left Indiana after one season, was chosen by the Los Angeles Clippers with the seventh overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft.

Gordon set a Big Ten record for freshmen with 20.9 points per game. Though he's known as a scorer, he said he'd play point guard if necessary for the Clippers.

Gordon was named Indiana's Mr. Basketball after averaging 29 points per game as a senior for Indianapolis North Central.

He was one of four players with Indiana ties to be picked in the first round.

The San Antonio Spurs took IUPUI guard George Hill with the 26th pick.

Hill averaged 21.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists last season for the Jaguars. He declared himself eligible for the draft after his junior year, and performed well enough in workouts to put himself in position to get selected.

Courtney Lee, an Indianapolis Pike graduate who played college ball at Western Kentucky, went to Orlando with the 22nd pick. The Detroit Pistons took Indiana's D.J. White with the 29th pick.

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