June 23, 2011
Five former Big Ten men’s basketball players were selected in the 2011 NBA Draft on Thursday night, marking the conference’s highest draft total since 2007.
Purdue’s JaJuan Johnson was the first Big Ten player selected, going with the 27th overall pick in the first round to the New Jersey Nets. His rights were later traded to the Boston Celtics. Johnson will be joined in Boston by Purdue teammate E’Twaun Moore, who was taken in the second round, 55th overall, by the Celtics.
Wisconsin’s Jon Leuer and Michigan’s Darius Morris went back-to-back in the second round with the 40th and 41st overall selections. Leuer stayed local, taken by the Milwaukee Bucks, while Morris was picked by his hometown Los Angeles Lakers. Ohio State’s Jon Diebler was also taken in the second round, selected 51st overall by the Portland Trail Blazers.
Big Ten Players Selected in 2011 NBA Draft
Name, School – Round – Pick – Team
JaJuan Johnson, Purdue – 1 – 27 – New Jersey Nets (traded to Boston)
Jon Leuer, Wisconsin – 2 – 40 – Milwaukee Bucks
Darius Morris, Michigan – 2 – 41 – Los Angeles Lakers
Jon Diebler, Ohio State – 2 – 51 – Portland Trail Blazers
E’Twaun Moore – 2 – 55 – Boston Celtics