Warriors Select Vanderbilt Center Damian Jones In Draft
The Golden State Warriors selected Vanderbilt University center Damian Jones with the 30th overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft and acquired the draft rights to University of Nevada, Las Vegas guard Patrick McCaw (38th overall pick in the second round) from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for cash considerations, the team announced.
Jones, 20, posted career averages of 13.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.69 blocks and 27.2 minutes in 99 games over three seasons at Vanderbilt, garnering First Team All-SEC honors as both a sophomore and junior. In his junior season in 2015-16, Jones (7’0”, 245) averaged 13.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.64 blocks and 26.2 minutes in 33 games, helping the Commodores to their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2011-12. Jones hit 56.6 percent from the field during his three-year career at Vanderbilt, the third-best mark in school history, while finishing second on the Commodore’s all-time blocks list (167) behind only Festus Ezeli—who was selected by the Warriors with the 30th overall pick in 2012.