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Five SEC Players Selected In The NBA Draft With Nerlens Noel’s Drop Costing Him Millions

NBA DraftKentucky, Florida, Georgia and Missouri were all represented in Thursday’s night draft with Kentucky the only SEC team with two players selected.

Former UK players Nerlens Noel and Archie Goodwin were both taken in the first round and both were promptly traded.. Noel, projected by many as the first overall pick, was selected sixth overall by New Orleans.  But he won’t be playing for the Pelicans with former Kentucky player Anthony Davis,  Minutes later, he was reportedly traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. Goodwin was taken by Oklahoma City with the next-to-last pick of the first round and then he was traded to Phoenix.

As the sixth overall pick, Noel is guaranteed just over $5.4 million his first two years in the league.   UNLV forward Anthony Bennett, selected first overall, is guaranteed almost $9.1 million over the same time period. John Calipari has now had 11 one-and-done players at Kentucky.  All have been drafted in the first round.

Former Georgia Bulldog Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was the other SEC player selected in the first round.  The Detroit Pistons took Caldwell-Pope with the eighth overall pick.  He becomes the highest Bulldog selection since Dominique Wilkins went third overall back in 1982.

Two SEC players were taken in the second round.  Florida’s Erik Murphy went to the Chicago Bulls with the 49th overall pick.  He will join former Gator Joakim Noah in Chicago.  Murphy becomes the 17th player drafted under Florida coach Billy Donovan. Alex Oriakhi, who spent one year at Missouri after starting his career at Connecticut, was taken by the Phoenix Suns with the 57th overall selection. His former teammate, guard Phil Pressey who left school early to enter the draft, was not taken.  He is reportedly signing a free-agent contract with the Boston Celtics. Pressey was one of several undrafted early entries. B.J. Young and Marshawn Powell of Arkansas were among those not selected.

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SEC Headlines – 1/6/12 Part One

1.  Florida’s Erik Murphy should be able to play in the Gators’ SEC opener tomorrow despite needing stitches over his eye after a collision in practice yesterday.

2.  Orson Charles and several other Georgia players are still deciding whether to stay in Athens or head to the NFL early.

3.  Kentucky will try to stop two-sport star Bruce Ellington when South Carolina visits tomorrow.

4.  Carolina’s football team will lose four starters on offense (including three on the line) and seven on defense.

5.  Kevin Steele has denied any connection to Tennessee, but he reportedly remains a viable candidate for the Vols’ defensive coordinator slot.

6.  A healthy Festus Ezeli makes Vanderbilt a much more complete team.

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