Fans of the Wisconsin Badgers and Milwaukee Bucks had a fleeting moment of excitement during the first round of last night’s NBA Draft. The Bucks were on the clock with the 17th pick and, surprisingly, Sam Dekker was there of the taking. While it would have been a nice bit of synergy to have a former Badger playing in Milwaukee, Bucks GM John Hammond had other ideas for their first round pick.
With their first selection the Bucks selected shooting guard Rashad Vaughn from UNLV. Vaughn was having an impressive freshman campaign with the Runnin’ Rebels – averaging 17.8 points per game – before a knee injury prematurely ended his season. Despite the injury, Vaughn impressed the Bucks enough in his pre-draft workout to be selected 17th overall. This selection (hopefully) gives the Bucks a desperately needed shooter and, at only 18 years old, continues their youth movement.
In the second round the Bucks opted to make a deal, trading their second round pick and a lottery-protected 2017 first round pick from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Toronto Raptors for point guard Greives Vasquez. Vasquez, 28, is a solid PG who adds depth behind Michael Carter-Williams. Vasquez averaged 9.5 PPG and 3.7 assist per game last season with the Raptors.
Elsewhere in the draft, Sam Dekker was selected 18th overall by the Houston Rockets. Former Badger and Wooden Award winner Frank Kaminsky was selected 9th overall by the Charlotte Hornets.