Jordan Clarkson Drafted No. 46 Overall, Headed To The Lakers



June 26, 2014

Columbia, Mo. - Mizzou Basketball continues to have success on NBA Draft night. Jordan Clarkson (San Antonio, Texas) became the fourth former Missouri standout to hear his name called in the NBA Draft since 2012 as he was selected by the Washington Wizards (Rd. 2, No. 46 overall) before having the Los Angeles Lakers trade for his draft rights Thursday night.

Clarkson joins Kim English (Detroit Pistons, 2012), Marcus Denmon (San Antonio Spurs, 2012) and Alex Oriakhi (Phoenix Suns, 203) as Tigers drafted into the NBA since 2012. They also join Phil Pressey (2013, Boston Celtics) who played in 75 games and averaged 3.2 assists per contest for the Boston Celtics last season as a free agent.

"What an incredible honor for Missouri to have Jordan Clarkson selected in tonight's NBA Draft," Mizzou Head Coach Kim Anderson said. "Missouri, from my time here as a player, on through my time as a coach, has helped produce some great NBA talent and that trend will continue. I had the privilege to coach against and follow Jordan and also Jabari Brown's careers here at Mizzou and I applaud them for their hard work, passion and professionalism in all areas of life. I will continue to follow all of our former players as professionals and look forward to welcoming them back home to Mizzou for many years to come."

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.

In his one season in a Mizzou uniform Clarkson was named Second Team All-Southeastern Conference (2014) and 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. Also named a Wooden Award National Player of the Year Midseason Top 25 performer, Clarkson scored a career high 31 points in Missouri's home win over Southern Illinois (Nov. 12) and ranked second on the team with 14 20-point scoring games. The San Antonio, Texas, native topped 20 points in five consecutive non-league contests including 25 points vs. West Virginia (Dec. 5) and 21 vs. UCLA (Dec. 7). He dished a career high eight assists to go with 25 points vs. Illinois (Dec. 21) in the annual Bud Light Braggin' Rights game and narrowly missed 30-point games with 28 coming against national runner-up Kentucky (Feb. 1) and 27 vs. Arkansas (Feb. 13).

Clarkson also finished among the SEC's Top 10 in several statistical categories, including 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).

Clarkson is the fourth Tiger headed to the Lakers on draft night. In addition to Rush (2002), he joins Anthony Peeler (1992) and Charles Henke (1961).

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Missouri in the NBA Draft

Year 	Name			Team      		Round	Pick
2014	Jordan Clarkson		Washington Wizards	2nd	46th
				(To L.A. Lakers)
2013	Alex Oriakhi        	Phoenix Suns    	2nd	57th
2012	Kim English        	Detroit Pistons    	2nd	44th
	Marcus Denmon      	San Antonio Spurs	2nd	59th
2009 	DeMarre Carroll 	Memphis Grizzlies	1st	27th
2005 	Linas Kleiza 		Portland Trailblazers	1st 	27th
				(To Denver Nuggets)
2004 	Rickey Paulding 	Detroit Pistons 	2nd 	54th
2002 	Kareem Rush 		Toronto Raptors 	1st 	20th
				(To L.A. Lakers)
2000 	Keyon Dooling 		Orlando Magic 		1st 	10th
				(To L.A. Clippers)
1994 	Jevon Crudup 		Detroit Pistons   	2nd 	48th
1992 	Anthony Peeler 		Los Angeles Lakers	1st 	15th
1991 	Doug Smith 		Dallas Mavericks 	1st 	5th
1989 	Byron Irvin 		Portland Trail Blazers 	1st 	22nd
	Gary Leonard 		Minnesota Timberwolves 	2nd 	34th
1988 	Derrick Chievous 	Houston Rockets 	1st 	16th
1986 	Dan Bingenheimer 	Golden St. Warriors 	4th 	75th
	Jeff Strong 		Milwaukee Bucks 	7th 	151st
1985 	Greg Cavener 		Golden St. Warriors 	5th 	95th
	Malcolm Thomas	Los Angeles Clippers 	6th 	121st
1984 	Prince Bridges 		Detroit Pistons 	5th 	103rd
1983 	Steve Stipanovich	Indiana Pacers 		1st 	2nd
	Jon Sundvold 		Seattle Supersonics 	1st 	16th
1982 	Ricky Frazier 		Chicago Bulls 		2nd 	26th
	Marvin McCrary 	Phoenix Sun 		5th 	108th
1981 	Curtis Berry 		Kansas City Kings 	3rd	58th
1980 	Larry Drew 		Detroit Pistons 	1st 	17th
1978 	Clay Johnson 		Portland Trail Blazers 	5th 	110th
1977 	Kim Anderson 		Portland Trail Blazers 	2nd 	28th
	Jim Kennedy 		Detroit Pistons 	5th 	102nd
	Scott Sims 		San Antonio Spurs 	5th 	103rd
1976 	Willie Smith 		Chicago Bulls 		2nd	18th
1974 	Al Eberhard 		Detroit Pistons 	1st 	15th
	Gary Link 		Buffalo Braves 		6th	 99th
1973 	John Brown 		Atlanta Hawks 		1st 	10th
	Mike Jeffries 		KC-Omaha Kings		7th 	110th
1971 	Henry Smith 		Milwaukee Bucks		4th 	68th
1970 	Don Tomlinson 		Cleveland Cavaliers	14th 	209th
1968 	Gene Jones 		Milwaukee Bucks 	10th 	134th
1967 	Ron Coleman 		San Diego 		9th 	102nd
1964 	Ray Bob Carey 		San Francisco		-- 	--
1961 	Charles Henke 		Los Angeles Lakers	-- 	--
1956 	Norm Stewart 		St. Louis 	-- 		--
1955 	Bob Reiter 		Ft. Wayne 		-- 	--
1952 	Bill Stauffer 		Boston Celtics 		-- 	--



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