Former Iowa State guard Tyrese Halliburton was drafted No. 12 overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 2020 NBA Draft on Wednesday night.
Halliburton became the first Iowa State player to be selected in the first round since Royce White, who was taken No. 16 overall by the Houston Rockets in 2012. He is the ninth first-round pick in ISU history. He is also the third ISU player to be taken in the past two drafts. Talen Horton-Tucker was selected by the Los Angeles Laker with the No. 46 overall pick, and Marial Shayok was selected No. 54 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019.
Halliburton joins eight other Cyclones currently in the NBA.
Halliburton, 6-foot-5, missed the second half of last season with a wrist injury. But before the injury he was one of the best players in the Big 12, as he averaged 15.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 2.5 steals and shooting 41 percent from the 3-point line. Had he remained healthy, he likely would have been on the All-Big 12 First Team.
As a true freshman in 2018-19, Halliburton was second on Iowa State and first among Big 12 freshmen, averaging 33.2 minutes per game. He averaged 6.8 points, 3.6 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals and was No. 5 in the Big 12 in assists per game. His 4.5 assist-to-turnover ratio was the best in the Big 12 and second-best in the nation.
Halliburton joins a Kings team that missed the playoffs but has a talented roster that includes Marvin Bagley III, Bogdan Bogdanovich, De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield, the last of which played at Oklahoma
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