UW Huskies, Gonzaga Bulldogs and local stars selected in the 2019 NBA Draft

UW Huskies, Gonzaga Bulldogs and local stars selected in the 2019 NBA Draft
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver poses for photographs with Washington's Matisse Thybulle after the Boston Celtics selected him as the 20th pick overall in the NBA basketball draft Thursday, June 20, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

A pair of Washington Huskies, Gonzaga Bulldogs and former Seattle-area players were selected in Thursday’s NBA Draft.

Washington's Matisse Thybulle, who was the 2018-2019 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year and the AP Pac-12 player of the year, was picked 20th overall. He is headed to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Thybulle played two seasons at Skyline High School before he transferred to Eastside Catholic. At Eastside Catholic, Thybulle led his team to the Class 3A state semifinals.

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Thybulle’s former Washington teammate, shooting guard Jaylen Nowell, who was the Pac-12 player of the year, was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 43rd pick in the second round.

Nowell starred at Seattle's Garfield High School  before he committed to play at the University of Washington.

Gonzaga had two first-round picks: Rui Hachimura became the first player from Japan to get chosen in the first round of the NBA draft, taken with the No. 9 overall pick by the rebuilding Washington Wizards. Forward Brandon Clarke was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the No. 21 pick but was sent to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Former Seattle-area players were also drafted Thursday night.

With the 30th overall pick, former Rainier Beach High School and USC Trojans Kevin Porter Jr. was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks, but that selection is expected to go to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Former Federal Way High School and San Diego State forward Jalen McDaniels was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 52nd overall pick.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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