Vandy trio taken in first 31 picks of NBA Draft
Hawks draft Vandy's high-scoring John Jenkins in first round
ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Hawks selected Vanderbilt shooting guard John Jenkins with the 23rd pick in newly named general manager Danny Ferry's first NBA draft with the team.
Jenkins was the first of three Commodores taken in the first 31 picks, which is the most ever for the program in the first two rounds of the draft.
The 6-foot-4 Jenkins led the Southeastern Conference in scoring two straight seasons, including his average of 19.9 points as a junior in the 2011-12 season. He made at least one 3-pointer in in his last 60 games.
Jenkins is the first Vandy player to be selected in the first round since Will Perdue in 1988.
Ferry was named the Hawks' president of basketball operations and general manager on Monday. He scouted draft prospects in his former role as vice president of basketball operations for the Spurs.
Warriors draft Vanderbilt's Ezeli with 30th pick
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Golden State Warriors have selected Vanderbilt center Festus Ezeli with the 30th pick in the NBA draft.
The Warriors stuck with size again when they took the Nigerian native with the final pick in Thursday night's first round. Golden State also selected 6-foot-8 small forward Harrison Barnes of North Carolina seventh overall.
The 6-foot-11, 255-pound Ezeli set Vanderbilt's record with 204 career blocked shots. Will Perdue previously held the mark at 157.
Ezeli, who moved to the United States in 2004, averaged 10.1 points and 5.9 rebounds last season. Golden State is looking for a long-term backup center to new big man Andrew Bogut and Ezeli will have a chance to fill that role.
Bobcats select Vanderbilt's Taylor with 31st pick
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Charlotte Bobcats have taken Vanderbilt small forward Jeff Taylor with the 31st overall pick in the NBA draft.
The Bobcats followed up their first-round pick of Kentucky small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on Thursday night by selecting Taylor, another player who is considered a good scorer from the wing. The 6-foot-7, 225-pound Taylor averaged 16.1 points, second-best in the SEC and chipped in with 5.6 rebounds per game last season.
He worked hard in the offseason to improve his 3-point stroke and it certainly paid off. Taylor connected on more 3-pointers as a senior (66) than he did his first three seasons (49). With opponents forced to respect his perimeter game, Taylor became more dangerous when driving the lane.
The Bobcats traded away their starting small forward Corey Maggette Monday.
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