Kansas center Udoka Azubuike and TCU guard Desmond Bane were first-round selections in the 2020 NBA Draft on Wednesday night, while Texas Tech guard Jahmi’us Ramsey was a second-round pick. In the lottery portion of the draft, former Iowa State guard Tyrese Haliburton was taken No. 12 overall by the Sacramento Kings, giving the conference four overall selections.
Azubuike was selected No. 27 overall by Utah as a backup to starter Rudy Gobert. He has his best season at Kansas last season, during which he averaged 13.7 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, leading Kansas to the nation’s No. 1 ranking in the final AP poll, along with a Big 12 regular-season title. He also had 2.6 blocks per game, as the 7-footer was named the Big 12 Player of the Year.
Bane was taken No. 30 overall by the Boston Celtics, but was part of a trade that sent Bane to the Memphis Grizzlies. Bane was the first Horned Frog taken in the first round of the NBA Draft since forward Kurt Thomas was taken No. 10 overall by the Miami Heat in 1995. Bane also joined his head coach, Jamie Dixon, as an NBA Draft pick. Dixon, who played at TCU in the 1980s, was a seventh-round pick in 1987, taken by the Washington Wizards.
Bane, 6-foot-6, was a two-time All-Big 12 selection during his TCU career, finishing last season as an All-Big 12 First Team selection. He averaged 16.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game, and was the only player in the Big 12 to finish in the Top 10 in all three categories last season.
He left the Horned Frogs with several records, including the most wins in program history with 84. He was also the program’s all-time leader in games played at 141 games, finished No. 3 overall in scoring (1,784), No. 3 in field goals (659), No. 1 in 3-pointers (249) and No. 5 in 3-point field goal percentage (43.3).
Ramsey, who to some was considered a potential first-round pick, eventually fell to the second round and the Sacramento Kings at No. 43 overall, which means he and Haliburton are now teammates.
Ramsey is the third Red Raider to be selected in the NBA Draft in as many seasons. Last season the Phoenix Suns took guard Jarrett Culver No. 6 overall and then traded him to the Minnesota Timberwolves. In 2018, the Phoenix Suns took forward Zhaire Smith No. 16 overall.
Ramsey, 6-foot-4, had a banner year in his only season in Lubbock, earning Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors, along with All-Big 12 Freshman Team, All-Big 12 Newcomer Team and All-Big 12 Second Team honors.
Ramsey’s 15.0 points per game led the Red Raiders (he was only the third freshman in program history to accomplish that feat) and was No. 5 in the Big 12 last season and his Freshman of the Year selection was the first in Texas Tech history. He shot 42.6 percent from the floor, which was second in the Big 12. He averaged 1.33 steals per game, which was No. 10 in the Big 12. He also had 4.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.
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