Thursday, June 28, 2012
So what if it was the very, very last pick of the NBA draft? Gonzaga center and all-around nice guy Robert Sacre heard his name called tonight when the Los Angeles Lakers selected him as the 60th pick in this year's draft.
Sacre, a 7-foot Canadian, played five years for the Zags, due to a medical red shirt he was awarded for his sophomore year. In his senior campaign, which saw Gonzaga make it to the second round of the NCAA tournament, Sacre averaged 11.7 points and 6.3 rebounds a game...solid numbers, but it's clear that the big man was selected for his all-around game, especially his suffocating defense.
Although he's been drafted, Sacre will nevertheless have to fight for a spot on an already stacked Lakers lineup. But there's a chance he'll fit it pretty well with Kobe and the boys.
Sacre is the first Gonzaga player selected in the NBA draft since the Pistons took Austin Daye in the first round of the 2009 draft.