Turner and Holmes Set for NBA Draft

Myles Turner (Photo: courtesy UT Athletics Photography).
Myles Turner (Photo: courtesy UT Athletics Photography).

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Former University of Texas basketball standouts Myles Turner and Jonathan Holmes will look to have their names called during Thursday night’s NBA Draft at Barclays Center. ESPN will provide start-to-finish coverage of the draft beginning at 6 p.m. Central (LIVE on ESPN).

In his lone season in Austin, Turner earned Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year and All-Big 12 Third Team honors in addition to claiming a spot on both the Big 12 All-Defensive Team and the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team. He played in all 34 games (seven starts) and led the team in blocked shots (89, 2.62 bpg) and rebounding (6.5 rpg) and ranked third in scoring (10.1 ppg) while averaging 22.2 minutes per contest.

The 89 blocks ranked second on the UT freshman season chart (Chris Mihm, 90 in 1997-98) and fourth on the school’s single-season list. Turner reached double figures in scoring 13 times and in rebounding seven times during the 2014-15 season. He also posted four double-doubles and converted 94-of-112 (.839) free throws.

During his four seasons at Texas, Holmes played in 127 career games (108 starts) and averaged 9.2 points and 5.9 rebounds in 20.1 minutes per contest. Holmes reached double figures in scoring 58 times and in rebounds 15 times while recording nine career double-doubles. For his career, he converted 397-of-869 (.457) field goals, including 94-of-299 (.314) from three-point range, and 258-of-350 (.737) free throws. Holmes concluded his career ranked 24th on UT’s all-time scoring list with 1,166 points and ninth in rebounds (749).

In his senior season in 2014-15, Holmes played in 32 games (31 starts) and earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention accolades. He ranked second on the team in scoring (10.3 ppg) and rebounding (6.1 rpg) and fourth in blocked shots (33) in 26.1 minutes per contest. Holmes claimed 2K Classic Tournament MVP and Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week (Nov. 24) honors by averaging 20.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game while hitting 13-of-23 (.565) field goals and 10-of-13 (.769) free throws in wins against Iowa and California at Madison Square Garden.

Since the NBA Draft began in 1947, a total of 41 Longhorns have heard their names called on draft night. Texas has produced a total of 14 first-round selections and 11 second-round picks in program history. Raymond Downs, a sixth-round pick by St. Louis in 1957, was the first Longhorn to be drafted.

Texas has had 16 players drafted in the previous 16 years, dating back to the 1999 Draft. The Longhorns have had at least two players selected in a single draft a total of nine previous times in program history: 1978, 1979, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1994, 2006, 2010 and 2011. Since the NBA Draft was reduced to two rounds in 1989, UT has produced a pair of picks in a single draft a total of five previous times.

Year-by-Year University of Texas NBA Draft Selections (41 total)

Year Player Round Team
1957 Raymond Downs 6 St. Louis
1960 Jay Arnette 2 Cincinnati
1961 Albert Almanza 7 L.A. Lakers
1965 Larry Franks 14 Cincinnati
1973 B.G. Brosterhous 8 Chicago
1974 Larry Robinson 4 Houston
1976 Dan Krueger 8 Houston
1978 Gary Goodner 5 Houston
1978 Jim Krivacs 6 Kansas City
1979 Johnny Moore 2 Seattle
1979 Tyrone Branyan 7 San Antonio
1980 Ron Baxter 4 L.A. Lakers
1982 LaSalle Thompson 1 Kansas City
1984 Bill Wendlandt 8 Denver
1985 Carlton Cooper 6 Dallas
1985 Mike Wacker 7 Utah
1986 John Brownlee 4 L.A. Clippers
1987 Patrick Fairs 5 Washington
1987 Raynard Davis 7 San Antonio
1990 Travis Mays 1 Sacramento
1990 Lance Blanks 1 Detroit
1991 Joey Wright 2 Phoenix
1994 B.J. Tyler 1 Philadelphia
1994 Albert Burditt 2 Houston
1995 Terrence Rencher 2 Washington
1999 Kris Clack 2 Boston
2000 Chris Mihm 1 Chicago (traded to Cleveland on draft night)
2002 Chris Owens 2 Milwaukee (traded to Memphis on draft night)
2003 T.J. Ford 1 Milwaukee
2004 Royal Ivey 2 Atlanta
2006 LaMarcus Aldridge 1 Chicago (traded to Portland on draft night)
2006 P.J. Tucker 2 Toronto
2006 Daniel Gibson 2 Cleveland
2007 Kevin Durant 1 Seattle
2008 D.J. Augustin 1 Charlotte
2010 Avery Bradley 1 Boston
2010 Damion James 1 Atlanta (traded to New Jersey on draft night)
2010 Dexter Pittman 2 Miami
2011 Tristan Thompson 1 Cleveland
2011 Jordan Hamilton 1 Dallas (traded to Denver on draft night)
2011 Cory Joseph 1 San Antonio



First-Round Selections (14 total)

Name Year Pick Team
Kevin Durant 2007 2 Seattle
LaMarcus Aldridge 2006 2 Chicago (traded to Portland on draft night)
Tristan Thompson 2011 4 Cleveland
LaSalle Thompson 1982 5 Kansas City
Chris Mihm 2000 7 Chicago (traded to Cleveland on draft night)
T.J. Ford 2003 8 Milwaukee
D.J. Augustin 2008 9 Charlotte
Travis Mays 1990 14 Sacramento
Avery Bradley 2010 19


James Schleicher

James Schleicher is the publisher of Horns Illustrated magazine. He's also a fifth generation Texan and lifelong Austinite. Follow @HornsIllus twitter to keep up with all things Horns Illustrated.

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