Jun 26, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – University of Delaware senior forward Jamelle Hagins will hope to be the first Blue Hen selected in the National Basketball Association Draft in 20 years on Thursday when the 2013 edition of the draft will take place at the Barclays Center.
Hagins has worked out with a number of teams following the Blue Hens’ season, and will hope to be selected with one of the 60 picks over two rounds. The draft will be televised live by ESPN on Thursday, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The last Delaware player selected in the NBA Draft was Spencer Dunkley, who was picked by the Indiana Pacers with the 51st pick in the 1993 draft. Other NBA Draft selections include Ken Luck by the Washington Bullets in the eighth round of the 1982 draft, Peter Mullenberg by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 10th round of the 1981 draft, and Nate Cloud by the New York Knicks in the fourth round of the 1964 draft. Wolfgang Fengler was picked by the Memphis Tams during the 1974 ABA Draft.
Hagins was named the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year during his senior year, while he also earned second team NABC All-District 10 and second team All-CAA honors. Following the season he participated in the Portsmouth Invitational, where he scored 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in his first game at the tournament.
Hagins started all 33 games for Delaware in 2012-13, leading the Blue Hens with 10.7 rebounds while ranking third with 11.6 points per game. He ranked second in the CAA and seventh in the nation with 10.7 rebounds, led the conference with 2.4 blocks, and was also second in the league with a 54.6 field goal percentage and 7.6 defensive rebounds.
Hagins finished his Blue Hen career as UD’s career leader with 1,078 rebounds, 292 blocks, and 124 games played. He ranks third in conference history in blocks and fourth in rebounds, while his 36 double-doubles are third most at Delaware. Hagins posted 16 double-doubles during his senior season, while his 1,184 career points rank 19th in Blue Hen history.
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