The long awaited NBA Draft finally arrived last night, and we now have an answer as to where former Alabama stars Brandon Miller and Noah Clowney will begin their NBA careers. For Miller, the only question was whether he would be drafted second or third, and as it turned out, the Charlotte Hornets selected him with the second overall pick over G-League star Scoot Henderson.
Fellow teammate Noah Clowney was selected around where he was expected as well, going 21st overall to the Brooklyn Nets. Alabama head coach Nate Oats was in attendance in Brooklyn for the draft to support his former players.
Charles Bediako, who surprised many with his decision to keep his name in the draft pool, went unselected on Thursday night. There are reports that he has agreed to a training camp opportunity with the San Antonio Spurs, who held the first overall pick and used it to select French sensation Victor Wembanyama.
Bediako seems like a long shot to make the Spurs roster and will likely begin his career in the G-League. For Miller and Clowney however, both players will contribute immediately to their respective teams.
Miller and Clowney give Oats four first-round draft picks since he began coaching at Alabama, something that undoubtedly will continue to help recruiting in the future.