NEW YORK – Prince George’s County had another basketball player drafted into the NBA last week. Chinanu Onuaku, who played high school ball at Riverdale Baptist before attending the University of Louisville, was drafted in the second round (37th overall) by the Houston Rockets in the 2016 NBA Draft last Thursday. The 6-foot-10, 245-pound center […]
NEW YORK – Prince George’s County had another basketball player drafted into the NBA last week.
Chinanu Onuaku, who played high school ball at Riverdale Baptist before attending the University of Louisville, was drafted in the second round (37th overall) by the Houston Rockets in the 2016 NBA Draft last Thursday.
The 6-foot-10, 245-pound center is famous for shooting his free throws underhanded as a sophomore last year, after shooting less than 50 percent as a freshman.
The University of Maryland also saw two of its players drafted in Diamond Stone and Jake Layman. Stone, who some thought would be a first round pick, fell into the second and went 40th overall to the New Orleans Pelicans. He was later traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Layman faced the same fate, as he was drafted by the Orlando Magic with the 47th pick, but was then dealt to the Portland Trail Blazers. Second-round draft picks do not receive guaranteed contracts in the NBA.
Former Terrapin Robert Carter Jr. went undrafted but signed with the Golden State Warriors as a free agent following the draft.
Lastly, former DeMatha star Victor Oladipo was traded from the Magic to the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of a draft-day deal. Oladipo will now join a team that was one win away from advancing to the NBA Finals earlier this month. Obviously, the decision of another DMV superstar, Kevin Durant, will go a long way in determining the Thunder’s outlook for next season.
In other sports news, The Chesapeake Bayhawks dropped their second straight match of the year, 17-14 against the Boston Cannons on June 23. The Bayhawks’ Brendan Mundorf scored seven goals, but it wasn’t enough, as the team has found itself in a downward spiral as of late. Chesapeake will face the Ohio Machine on June 30 as it hopes to break its losing streak.
The Washington Mystics defeated the Minnesota Lynx, 87-63 on June 26. Washington forward Emma Meesseman led the team in scoring with 20 points. She also pulled down three rebounds. Another player who shined was Tayler Hill. Hill accounted for 17 points, four steals and five assists to help lead her team to victory. Washington will gear up to face the San Antonio Stars in their next match-up on June 29.
D.C. United took down the New England Revolution, 2-0 on June 25. United’s Lamar Neagle scored the first goal of the match (20′) after being assisted by Luciano Acosta. United defender Sean Franklin scored the final goal of the match (27′), as Neagle and Alvaro Saborio were credited with assists to shut out New England. United will face Real Salt Lake on July 1.