Reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year Jaylen Nowell became the second Husky to be drafted in this years NBA draft when the Minnesota Timberwolves selected him as the No. 43 pick in the second round. The Sophmore decided to forego the last two years of his college career and entered this year’s draft. Nowell became the second Husky to be drafted as he joins teammate Matisse Thybulle, who was earlier chosen as the No. 20 pick by the Boston Celtics with a trade proposed to the Philadelphia 76ers.
As a sophomore, Nowell became the third Pac-12 Player of the Year award in UW history after averaging 16.2 points per game on 50.2 percent shooting from the field, up from 45.1 percent a year ago. He led the Dawgs in scoring for the second-straight year and improved his statistical numbers in almost every category. His all-around game saw improvements as well as he dished out a career-best 112 assists and averaged a career-high 5.3 rebounds. The finalist for the Naismith Jerry Shooting Guard of the Year Award also earned All-Pac-12 First Team honors as a sophomore.
In the last 17 drafts, at least one Husky has been selected in all but four years (2008, 2013, 2015, 2017). Additionally, the Dawgs have had 56 overall picks in the NBA Draft. It is also the third time since 2006 that the Huskies have had two picks on the night. Additionally, Nowell was one of five Pac-12 players to have his name called through 44 picks on the night.