Thursday night was a proud night at the Ballislife office as we watched 3 of our 2014 Ballislife All-Americans get selected in the first round of the 2015 NBA draft and was left a little shocked that one other player from that game wasn’t drafted at all.
Stanley Johnson, Kelly Oubre Jr and Kevon Looney are the 3 2015 draft picks who who will join Nick Johnson, Glenn Robinson III and Zach LaVine as All-American alumni in the league and Cliff Alexander was the alumni we, and most of the world watching the draft, expected to see get drafted but didn’t.
STANLEY JOHNSON, 8TH PICK – DETROIT PISTONS
The first alumni taken in the draft was Arizona’s Stanley Johnson by the Pistons with the 8th pick. The 4 x state champion came away with the MVP award of our game and we expect to see many more accolades in his near future.
“It’s Detroit vs. everybody,” Johnson said. “I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder since I’ve started playing basketball and I thought it was me vs. the world. Some people still don’t believe in the player I am, the player I will be or the team that we have. It’s definitely Detroit vs. everybody so we’re going to take that and rock with it.”
KELLY OUBRE, 15TH PICK – HAWKS
Kansas’ multi-dimensional guard Kelly Oubre got to wear an Atlanta Hawk hat for a few minutes before being told he was going to the Wizards who traded the 19th pick and two future 2nd round picks for his rights.
“Whoever gets me is getting a jewel,” Oubre said during a televised interview. “I feel like I’m a steal in this draft.
“A lot of teams passed on me, but that’s fine. They made great picks. (There’s) a lot of great picks in this draft. But whoever winds up getting me, I’m definitely going to give them 110 percent effort.”
KEVON LOONEY, 3OTH PICK – WARRIORS
UCLA’s Kevon Looney was the last pick of the first round and will be going to the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors. A lot of people called us loony when we released his high school mixtape and said “Is Kevon Looney the next Kevin Durant?” but we still believe the 19 year old who led all NCAA freshman in double-doubles is a future star.
So does NBA insider Chad Ford who tweeted “Love Looney to the Warriors. Hip injury may hold him back temporarily. But lottery talent there. Could be steal of the draft.”
CLIFF ALEXANDER, UNDRAFTED
When Cliff came to play in our AAG he was ranked ahead of lottery picks like Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell but after a tough year at Kansas and an off the court issue, his stock dropped so much that he wasn’t even selected in the draft. After the draft, Cliff took to twitter to post this positive tweet.
Started from the bottom before #motivation
— Cliff Alexander (@CAlexander) June 26, 2015
We also want to give congrats and good luck wishes to a few other players we have had the pleasure of following over their high school careers. It’s been a pleasure watching these young men develop their potential at the high school level and it’s going to be a bigger pleasure watching them achieve success at the NBA level.