Last night was an historic one for New England basketball, as a total of 5 New England natives heard their names called in the 2013 NBA Draft. Two of those players who were selected have siblings who are HEA alumni. Below you will find a breakdown of what proved to be a memorable draft for New England basketball.
Nerlens Noel (Kentucky, BABC, Everett, MA) was selected 6th by the New Orleans Pelicans, and later traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for guard Jrue Holiday and a 2014 1st round pick. Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse, BABC, Hamilton, MA) was selected 11th by the 76ers, reuniting him with BABC teammate Noel in the process. Carter-Williams is the older brother of HEA Alumni Marcus Zegarowski and Max Zegarowski. Ricky Ledo (Providence, Expressions Elite, Providence, RI) was selected 43rd by the Milwaukee Bucks, before breifly being traded to the 76ers, and finally landing with the Dallas Mavericks. Erik Murphy (Florida, New England Playaz, South Kingston, RI) was selected 49th by the Chicago Bulls. Murphy is the older brother of HEA alumnus Tomas Murphy. Alex Oriakhi (Missouri, BABC, Lowell, MA) was selected 57th by the Phoenix Suns, making him the 3rd BABC product taken in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Although not drafted, Phil Pressey (Missouri, BABC, Dallas, TX), signed a contract with the Boston Celtics. Pressey lived in Waltham, MA, while his father Paul Pressey was on the Celtics coaching staff, and attended Cushing Academy.
HEA would like to congratulate all of the New England players joining NBA teams, and wish them the best of luck.