Between Michigan and Michigan State, four players were drafted in the first round of the NBA draft, two each for the Spartans and Wolverines.
Nik Stauskas was taken 8th overall by the Sacramento Kings, becoming the Wolverines highest draft pick since Jamal Crawford in 2000 and marking the second straight year U of M has had a player taken in the lottery.
MSU's Adreian Payne followed Stauskas, being selected 15th overall by the Atlanta Hawks. Payne is the highest Spartan selected since Saginaw Aurthur Hill's Jason Richardson was drafted 5th overall in 2001.
Gary Harris was then taken 19th overall by the Chicago Bulls and traded to the Denver Nuggets. Two picks later the Oklahoma City Thunder picked U of M big man Mitch McGary 21st overall.
Payne and Harris mark the first pair of Spartans to be drafted in the first round of the NBA draft since Shannon Brown and Maurice Ager were taken in the first round in 2006. Stauskas and Mcgary make it two straight years the Wolverines have had two players drafted in the first round after Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway were drafted in the first round last year.
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