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Nokes: UVA and VT products have very successful night at 2019 NBA Draft

Danny Nokes
June 21, 2019 - 10:31 am

Dreams came true last night at the 2019 NBA Draft.

The first three picks went about as expected.

At #4, the first player from a school in the Commonwealth of VA was selected: 

UVA's De'Andre Hunter will be a member of the Atlanta Hawks as part of the deal between the Lakers and the Pelicans that sent Anthony Davis to Los Angeles.

As noted by the tweet, Hunter is the highest selection for a UVA player since Ralph Sampson was selected 1st overall in 1983.

The next player from the state of VA off the board was a Hokie:

Nickeil Alexander-Walker became just the second player from Virginia Tech ever drafted in the first round during the common draft era. The other? Dell Curry.

NAW will play for the Pelicans as he was also a part of a trade.

Another Cavalier was taken with the 24th overall pick:

Ty Jerome will be a member of the Phoenix Suns.

Jerome's backcourt partner Kyle Guy was the next player from VA to have his name called:

Kyle Guy will head out west to play for the Sacramento Kings:

Another interesting tidbit from last night was seeing former UVA forward Marial Shayok become a member of the Philadelphia 76ers:

Shayok finished his college career this past season at Iowa State.

Finally, VT's Justin Robinson also found an NBA home that isn't far from where he's originally from:

Robinson will play in the arena where his college career ended as he heads to D.C. to play for the Wizards.

Strangely enough, the best tweet from last night actually came from someone that covers the NFL:

I don't know who was texting Schefter, but I completely agree. Sending guys up to the podium with a different hat on than the team they'll actually be playing for is just dumb. 

That being said, congrats to all the players that were drafted last night. Best of luck in your NBA careers.