Kim English became the 41st Tiger drafted into the NBA.
June 28, 2012
Columbia, Mo. -
Two of Missouri Basketball's biggest stars from last season's 30-win campaign will begin their professional careers this summer in the National Basketball Association as Kim English (No. 44 to Detroit) and Marcus Denmon (No. 59 to San Antonio) were each selected in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft on Thursday.
It's the first time since 1989 that two Tigers have gone in the same draft. Byron Irvin went No. 22 overall to Portland that year and Gary Leonard went No. 34 to Minnesota.
A native of Baltimore, Md., English is the 41st Tiger drafted all-time. He is coming off a spectacular season which saw him win Big 12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors, averaging 23.0 points in the three championship victories, while also shooting 78.8 percent (26-of-33) from the floor. A 6-foot-6 shooting guard that played in the paint last season due to a shorthanded bench, English averaged a career high 14.5 points and 4.2 rebounds, while shooting 52 percent from the floor and 46 percent from beyond the arc.
English is tied with his former teammate, Denmon, as the MU career record holder for games played (141) and he made 107 starts over his four seasons. In addition, he was a pivotal part of a senior class that won a school record 107 games since the 2008-09 season, including 31 victories in 2008-09 and 30 in 2011-12.
English finished his career ranked among Missouri's all-time leaders in several statistical categories. He is No. 13 all-time in career scoring (1,570), No. 4 in three-point makes (239) and No. 3 in three-pointers attempted (606).
"I'm so happy for Kim and his family," Head Coach Frank Haith said. "I said it earlier in the week, but I have never been around a better leader on the court and in the locker room than Kim English. He works so hard at his craft and he is always working to make himself and the teammates around him better. I also want to congratulate Detroit on the great draft selection. Obviously they are bringing in a great talent on the basketball court, but they are also bringing in someone with great character and the appropriate drive to succeed in this league."
Named Second Team all-league by CBS Sports last season, English led the conference in three-point percentage (.459), ranked seventh in three-point makes (2.2), 10th in steals (1.3) and eighth overall in scoring (14.5). He topped double figures 26 times in 35 total games, including a career high 29 points in a win against Binghamton where he hit 7-of-10 treys. English also topped 20 points in wins against Oklahoma (23), Texas Tech (22), Texas A&M (21), at Texas Tech (20), Oklahoma State (27) and against Texas (23).
In addition to playing in the paint as a senior, English also contributed 56 assists and 45 steals. The 45 steals equaled a career high and his 4.2 rebounds per game last season were the highest of his career.
Denmon, drafted No. 59 by San Antonio, comes off a spectacular collegiate career where he finished his tenure as a Second Team All-American after averaging 17.7 points and 5.0 rebounds. The Kansas City, Mo., native ranked among the league's Top 10 in seven different statistical categories last year, including scoring (No. 3), three-pointers (No. 2) and steals (No. 3) and finished his Missouri tenure ranked among the school's all-time greats for scoring and games played.
A product of Hogan Prep High School, Denmon scored 1,775 points (No. 5 in school history) over the course of four seasons. He also ranks among Mizzou's career leaders in three-point makes (No. 2 - 283), steals (No. 5 - 178), free throw percentage (No. 6 - .800) and field goals made (No. 8 - 587). He is also tied with English as the school record holder for career games played (141).
Few players in college basketball were as consistent and explosive as Denmon last year. He reached double figures in scoring in 30-of-35 games, which included 12 20-point outbursts. He scored a career high 31 points in a win against Northwestern State and poured in 28 points at Madison Square Garden against Villanova, 29 in a home victory against Kansas and 28 at Kansas on 10-of-15 shooting.
"What an incredible moment for Marcus, his family and all of us here at Mizzou," Haith said. "Marcus worked tremendously hard for this opportunity and San Antonio is getting a tough, gritty player to add to their roster. Marcus is a warrior. He plays so hard and does whatever it takes to win, and as a head coach, you can't ask for anything more. You can't have enough players like Marcus Denmon on your team."
Denmon burst onto the national scene as a junior when he led the club with 16.9 points per game. He shot 50 percent from the floor and led the club with 82 treys and 45 percent shooting from bonus distance. Over his last two seasons Denmon hit 181 three-point field goals, connecting on 42.5 percent of his treys during that remarkable 69-game stretch.
Denmon joins his uncle, Martinez Denmon, as NBA draftees. The elder Denmon was drafted out of Iowa State in 1973 by the Boston Celtics. He was selected in the third round (No. 52 overall).
Below is the list of all-time Missouri Tigers drafted into the NBA.
Missouri in the NBA Draft
Year Name Team Round Pick 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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