The wait is over for two former University of Kansas basketball stars. Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor can get back to playing basketball. Robinson was the fifth overall pick in the draft, selected by the Sacramento Kings, while Taylor was taken 41st overall for the Brooklyn Nets. A guy known for his even demeanor off the court, Robinson was clearly choked up as he hugged his 9-year-old sister Jayla after his name was called by NBA commissioner David Stern.
"I worked hard to get here and to see it all right in front of me, I got emotional," Robinson told the San-Jose Mercury News. "It was everything. Everything that I had been holding in came out."first and second rounds had many of the names that Big 12 fans will recognize from last year's league leaders in scoring and rebounding. Iowa State's Royce White went to the Houston Rockets with the 16th pick while Baylor's Perry Jones III was snapped up by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 28th pick of the first round. Baylor's Quincy Miller went 38th to the Denver Nuggets and Missouri's Kim English went six spots later to the Detroit Pistons. English's teammate Marcus Denmon was taken 59th by the San Antonio Spurs.
Taylor, originally drafted by the Portland Trailblazers and then traded to the Nets, will be playing 10 miles from his childhood home in Hoboken, New Jersey. And now the Kings have a local star if they're ever brought back to Kansas City.
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