The Piston’s pick in last night’s N-B-A draft with the seventh selection in the first round was 6-11 Georgetown power forward Greg Monroe. Team President Joe Dumars said they were targeting a big man who could come in and help right away and Monroe fits that bill
As a sophomore for the Hoyas this past season, Monroe averaged 16.1 points and 9.6 rebounds a game. In the second round, with the 36th pick overall, Detroit took 6-5 foot guard Terrico White, a sophomore out of Mississippi. The Pistons, who are looking for a lineup to help them get back in the playoffs which they missed out on this year, had reportedly been anxious to take Kentucky center DeMarcus Cousins, but he was chosen by Sacramento at number five.
Dumars said between now and when the season starts, he expects to hit the trade market hard since salary cap issues won’t allow Detroit any major free agent signings
As expected, the Washington Wizards selected Kentucky point guard John Wall with the first overall pick in the draft. Philadelphia took Ohio State swingman Evan Turner at No.2, while the New Jersey Nets, coming off a franchise-record 70-loss season, took Georgia Tech forward Derrick Favors with the third pick. Minnesota took Syracuse forward Wesley Johnson at number four. Incredibly, Kentucky had five players taken in the first round, a record for the opening round.