The Utah Jazz selects VCU men’s basketball standout Eric Maynor in the 2009 NBA Draft.
Since the first time he dribbled a basketball, Eric Maynor has been chasing a dream. On June 25, he finally caught it.
Maynor, a four-year men’s basketball standout at Virginia Commonwealth University, became the school’s first NBA draftee in 16 years when Commissioner David Stern called his name with the 20th pick, owned by the Utah Jazz.
“I can’t even describe the feeling right now,” Maynor said. “I’ve worked my whole life to get to this point and I have so many different emotions running through me right now. It’s really a testament to more than just me; it’s my teammates, my coaches, my friends and most importantly my family to be in the position I am right now.”
Maynor is the first player from the Colonial Athletic Association to be selected in the draft since the Atlanta Hawks tabbed Old Dominion University’s Cal Bowdler with the 17th overall pick in 1999. He is the third-highest CAA player ever drafted and the fifth taken in the first round.
A two-time CAA Player of the Year, Maynor is the first Ram in program history to be picked in the first round of the NBA Draft. He is also the first VCU player to be drafted since Sherron Mills, who was selected in the second round of the 1993 draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
“I’m excited about the opportunity with the Jazz,” Maynor said. “Their winning tradition is a lot like VCU in that they continue to be a factor in postseason play year-in and year-out. Deron Williams is a great guard that I look forward to playing with and learning from. Coach Sloan is a legendary type of coach that has produced so many great teams. Add all of that to an incredible fan base and I’m looking forward to having a lot of fun out there.”
Maynor is VCU’s all-time leader in points (1,953) and assists (674). The Raeford, N.C., native led the Rams to three straight CAA regular season titles, two CAA tournament crowns and two NCAA Tournaments over his four years in Richmond.
Earlier this year, VCU women’s basketball sensation Quanitra Hollingsworth became the highest-ever selection in any professional draft by any VCU athlete when the Minnesota Lynx picked her ninth overall in the WNBA draft.
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