Garfield High School and University of Washington product Jaylen Nowell was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 43rd pick in the NBA Draft Thursday, becoming the third player with Washington high school ties to be selected.
Nowell, who spent two seasons at UW, was the Pac-12 player of the year after helping lead the Huskies to their first NCAA tournament appearance in eight years.
The 6-foot-4, 202 pound combo guard averaged 16.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists on 50.2 percent shooting and 44 percent from 3.
At 43rd, Nowell was selected higher than many reputable mock drafts predicted.
On the Scorebook Live Today podcast, ESPN analyst Jay Bilas praised Nowell’s finishing at the rim (70 percent last season) and shot selection, but indicated he would need more work on creating his own shot.
“I think he’s got talent and he can play in the NBA, but I think he’s seen as a ball-dominant two-guard. he can score from anywhere in the college game. Very good finisher,” Bilas said.
Nowell’s selection prompted praise from Rainier Beach product and NBA veteran Jamal Crawford.
As a senior at Garfield, Nowell posted clips of 23.5 points and 6.1 boards per game en route to being named to the AP 3A all-state first team. His efforts led Garfield to a KingCo title.
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