By RAUL DOMINGUEZ – Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs picked Baylor’s Jeremy Sochan 9th overall in Thursday night’s NBA draft.
A 6-foot-9 forward, Sochan averaged 9.2 points and 6.4 rebounds in his only season with the Bears.
Sochan joins a franchise rebuild after being the league’s top-grossing franchise for over two decades. San Antonio qualified for a league record for 22 consecutive postseasons beginning in 1998, winning five NBA championships in that span with stars including Tim Duncan, David Robinson, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.
After missing the postseason for the past two seasons, Spurs are trying to revive their franchise behind all-star Dejounte Murray, Keldon Johnson, Devin Vassell, Josh Primo and now Sochan.
Born in Guymon, Oklahoma, Sochan spent much of his life in England before joining Baylor in 2020.
Sochan was San Antonio’s sixth lottery pick since its inception in 1985, the fewest in the league ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers (seven) and Houston (10).
San Antonio also had 20th, 25th first-round picks and second-round picks. It’s the first time in the San Antonio franchise’s 50-year history that the Spurs have had three first-round picks in the same draft.
San Antonio acquired the 20th pick from Toronto as compensation for acquiring Goran Dragic from the Raptors. The 25th pick was part of the compensation the Spurs received from the Boston Celtics for Derrick White.
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