Derrick Williams picked No. 2 overall
Derrick Williams, the La Mirada High graduate who led Arizona to the Pac-10 Conference regular-season title and to the West Regional final of last spring's NCAA tournament, was selected with the No. 2 overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves in Thursday's NBA draft.
Williams, who averaged 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Wildcats last season, is a 6-foot-9 forward who has been praised for his athleticism and ability to get to the free-throw line.
Williams led a list of eight players with ties to Southern California who were picked during the 60-selection, two-round draft at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
Thompson is a 6-7 shooting guard who averaged 21.6 points and 5.2 rebounds for the Cougars last season. He is the son of former Lakers' center Mychal Thompson, who was drafted No. 1 by the Portland Trail Blazers in 1978 and is the current radio analyst for the Los Angeles Lakers on 710 ESPN.
The Indiana Pacers were the next team to pick a local as they selected San Diego State's Kawhi Leonard, who attended Riverside King High, with the No. 15 pick in the first round. The Pacers, however, traded the draft rights to Leonard to the San Antonio Spurs for point guard George Hill. The Pacers also sent the 42nd pick, which turned out to be Davis Bertans, and the draft rights to Erazem Lorbek in the deal with the Spurs.
Leonard, who became the highest draft pick in San Diego State history, averaged 15.5 points and 10.6 rebounds in leading the Aztecs (32-2) to their most successful season ever.
With the next pick, at No. 16, the Philadelphia 76ers selected USC center Nikola Vucevic, a 7-foot center who averaged 17.1 points and 10.3 rebounds for the Trojans and entered the draft after his junior season.
Hamilton, who averaged 18.7 points and 7.7 rebounds for the Longhorns and was a third-team Associated Press All-American, was later traded to the Denver Nuggets as part of a three-team trade with the Trail Blazers, according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein. If not for this move, Hamilton would have joined fellow Dominguez graduate, Tyson Chandler, on the Mavs' roster.
Hamilton was the last of five players with local ties to be selected in the first round.
Honeycutt, who averaged 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds for the Bruins last season as a sophomore, is a 6-8, 186-pound small forward, who probably needs to add some bulk to his frame to compete consistently at the NBA level. Honeycutt, who was in attendance at the draft, is a graduate of Sylmar High.
At No. 41, the Lakers took a chance on an L.A. native by selecting Michigan guard Darius Morris, who attended Windward High.
Morris, a 6-5, 190-pounder, averaged 15.0 points and 6.7 assists last season as a sophomore for the Wolverines. Morris also was in attendance at the draft in Newark.
Lee, a 6-6, 198-pounder, along with Honeycutt, left the Bruins with eligibility remaining. Lee was a two-year starter and averaged 13.1 points and 2.0 assists as a junior last season. Lee also attended Riverside North High.
The only local not picked was Washington forward Justin Holiday (Campbell Hall HS), though Huskies teammate Isaiah Thomas was selected with the last pick of the draft by the Kings. Holiday, whose brother Jrue Holiday plays for the 76ers, instantly becomes a free agent and can sign with any team.
Jim Barrero is a general editor for ESPNLosAngeles.com.