Monte Morris selected in second round of NBA Draft


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Seniors Naz Mitrou-Long (L) and Monte Morris (R) celebrate at the end of a game against the Nevada Wolf Pack, March 16 in Milwaukee Wisconsin in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Cyclones won 84-73, and will play Purdue this Saturday in the second round of the tournament.

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For the second straight year, one of the most accomplished players in Iowa State basketball history was selected near the end of the NBA Draft.

Point guard Monte Morris was selected in the second round of Thursday’s NBA Draft with the No. 51 overall pick by the Denver Nuggets.

Morris is the third Cyclone picked in the past two NBA Drafts, following Georges Niang (Indiana Pacers, No. 50 overall) and Abdel Nader (Boston Celtics, No. 58 overall) who were picked in the 2016 draft.

Morris told reporters over the weekend that he is healthy and plans on playing in the NBA summer league in Las Vegas.

His former teammates — Deonte Burton, Naz Mitrou-Long and Matt Thomas — have yet to be drafted or signed.

Morris was one of many point guards to be selected this year, in what may be the most point guard-heavy class in over a decade. Six point guards went in the first round this year compared to only three in last year’s first round.