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The Portland Trail Blazers made an interesting splash in the 2012 NBA Draft taking a point guard from a mid-major school that few people had heard off, and a project pick at center. They took Damian Lillard at #6 from Weber St. and a guy who played for someone named Weber in Meyers Leonard from the Illini at #11.
This marks the first time since 1990 that Illinois has had a player selected in the first round of both the NFL and NBA Drafts in the same year. Jeff George went to the Indianapolis Colts #1 overall, and current Bulls analyst Kendall Gill went fifth to the Charlotte Hornets. This year Whitney Merciless went #24 to the Houston Texans and A.J. Jenkins went #30 to the San Francisco 49ers.
And here’s our summary of Lillard from our detailed scouting report on him
Summary: Playing against inferior competition in the Big Sky Conference, Lillard had a monster junior season, finishing second in the nation in scoring. He hasn’t displayed the ability to be a true distributor since...
BEST OF MAXIM
Lillard gets to stay home in the northwest with Portland. Portland did not get good point guard play last season and their point guards are free agents. So they needed to get one in the draft. Look for Lillard to start from day one.
Lillard stock has been on the rise for a long time now. Don’t be fooled by him playing at a small school. Lillard biggest strength...
With their second pick in the lottery Portland went big with Illinois big man Meyers Leonard. Portland does need a big center thanks to the failure of Greg Oden. I would have taken North Carolina’s Tyler Zeller here more ready for the NBA game. Leonard will take a while to develop.
Leonard has been flying up the draft boards ever after the season ended. Leonard improved...
Inconspicuous, he is not.
Meyers Leonard grinned sheepishly as he ducked his head to exit an eatery inside Philadelphia's 30th Street Station. As he crossed the massive foyer, necks swiveled. Whispers grew.
"He must be 7-feet tall," a woman within earshot said.
The NBA draft profile has Leonard listed at 7-foot-tall. In case there were any questions as to whether...
The Portland Trail Blazers selected 7-foot-1 center Meyers Leonard out of Illinois with the 11th overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.
Leonard averaged 13.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game as a sophomore last season before declaring early for the draft. He led the Big Ten with an average of 1.9 blocks per game.
The Blazers also selected point guard Damian Lillard out...
Illinois product Meyers Leonard was selected eleventh overall in the NBA Draft. - (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
Former University of Illinois center Meyers Leonard was selected eleventh overall by the Portland Trailblazers in the Thursday night's NBA Draft.
Leonard, who played just two seasons at Illinois, will enter the NBA as an unfinished product who will...
Meyers Leonard demonstrated how much a player's NBA stock can rise in one season when he was taken with the No. 11 overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. "Just to be selected this high ... is unbelievable," Leonard told the Chicago Tribune. . "I'm just going to come in and be the best I can be." Leonard was the second...
The Portland Trail Blazers needed a point guard, and they think they got one with Damian Lillard of Weber State, who was drafted by the Blazers with the No. 6 pick of the first round of Thursday's NBA draft. For a player from Weber State to be taken in the lottery, he has to have a lot going for him, and Lillard does. He is a scoring point guard, who averaged 24.5 points,...
1. Damian Lillard, 6-2, Weber State. Top-notch scorer who looked good in individual workouts. Possesses a strong handle, too.
2. Kendall Marshall, 6-4, North Carolina. Good size and vision, takes care of ball and gets it to open man.
3. Tony Wroten, 6-6, Washington. Solid in all aspects with great size. Reminds some of long ago PG Nate McMillan.
4. Marquis Teague...
The Fighting Illini basketball team produced it's first lottery pick for the NBA draft since Deron Williams when the Portland Trailblazers selected Meyers Leonard with the 11th pick in the 2012 draft. Leonard was on hand to hear the good news.
The Portland Trail Blazers followed what many mock drafts predicted by taking Weber State junior point-guard Damian Lillard with sixth pick in the NBA Draft. Also following many predictions, the Blazers filled another need, getting a big man, 7'0 sophomore Meyers Leonard out of Illinois with the eleventh pick.
The Portland Trail Blazer selected Damian Lillard, a point guard from Weber State, with the No. 6 pick in the NBA draft Thursday, and the Golden State Warruirs took North Carolina forward Harrison Barnes at No. 7.
Meyers Leonard to the Milwaukee Bucks at #14 in tonight’s NBA Draft. That’s what we’re hearing. It makes sense, as Milwaukee is now sans Andrew Bogut and desperately needs a big even though they just acquired Samuel Dalembert (Dalembert is in the final year of his contract though so the Bucks could allow Leonard to develop for a year which would certainly be to his benefit...
The Detroit Pistons selected Conncecticut freshman center Andre Drummond with the No. 9 overall pick of Thursday's NBA draft, followed by the Hornets taking Duke guard Austin Rivers with their second pick of the first round. Portland took Illinois center Meyers Leonard with the No. 11 pick and theb Rockets chose UConn guard Jeremy Lamb at No. 12.