Eastside Catholic and University of Washington product Matisse Thybulle, the reigning college defensive player of the year, was the highest selection with Washington ties in Thursday’s 2019 NBA Draft, which was hosted at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Four former Washington prep standouts were chosen and others left with professional options despite going undrafted.
Here is a breakdown of each player with Washington ties:
Matisse Thybulle, 20th overall, Philadelphia 76ers (via Boston)
Guard, 6-foot-5, 195 pounds
High school: Eastside Catholic
The Sixers were initially keyed in on Rainier Beach product Kevin Porter Jr., but drafted Thybulle when he was still on the board, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Thybulle gave an emotional tribute to his late mother, Elizabeth Thybulle, on air to ESPN after he was drafted.
Kevin Porter Jr., 30th overall, Cleveland Cavaliers (via Milwaukee)
Guard, 6-foot-6, 213 pounds
High school: Rainier Beach
Kevin Porter Jr., projected by some as high is the mid-lottery, was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the last pick in the first round, and reportedly traded to Cleveland. Porter Jr., the top recruit out of the state of Washington a year ago, has drawn comparisons to James Harden for his scoring ability and athleticism.
Jaylen Nowell, 43rd, Minnesota Timberwolves
Guard, 6-foot-4, 202 pounds
High school: Garfield
The Garfield product and reigning Pac-12 player of the year was selected in the 43rd round by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was the last remaining member of former UW coach Lorenzo Romar’s final recruiting class after a successful prep campaign in the Metro League.
Jalen McDaniels, 52nd, Charlotte Hornets
Forward, 6-foot-10, 190 pounds
High school: Federal Way
Jaden McDaniels was selected by the Charlotte Hornets in the second round with the 52nd pick. He spent two seasons at San Diego State, where he averaged 15.9 points and 8.3 boards a game on 49.5 percent shooting. He is the older brother of five-star Federal Way standout Jaden McDaniels, a recent UW commit.
Jontay Porter, undrafted
Forward, 6-foot-10, 236 pounds
High school: Nathan Hale (one year)
Jontay Porter, who won a 3A state championship in his one year at Nathan Hale, went undrafted a year after testing the draft waters but ultimately deciding to return to Missouri for his sophomore season. Porter, whose older brother Michael Porter Jr. is one of the top recruits to ever come out of the state of Washington, was a projected first round pick a year ago and proceeding to miss his entire sophomore season after tearing his ACL and MCL. Porter’s next step is thus far unclear.
Robert Franks, undrafted
Forward, 6-foot-9, 225 pounds
High school: Evergreen (Vancouver)
Robert Franks was not drafted, but secured perhaps the next best thing. The Washington State and Evergreen High School (Vancouver) product signed a two-way deal with the Charlotte Hornets, according to The Athletic, which sends him to the Greensboro Swarm, the organization’s G-League (developmental league) team. NBA teams were given an additional two roster spots for two-way contracts, which allocates 45 days with the team if it decides to call the player up. So, the Pac-12’s leading scorer last season (21.6 points per game) may see some NBA minutes next season.
Daulton Hommes, undrafted
Guard, 6-foot-8, 215 pounds
High school: Lynden Christian
Despite going undrafted, Daulton Hommes is in the process of finalizing an NBA Summer League deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, he told SB Live Thursday night. The 6-foot-8 guard/foward was the Division II player of the year at Point Loma Nazarene in San Diego, where he shot 47 percent from 3-point range. Hommes was a walk-on at Western Washington after suffering consecutive knee injuries that kept him out of his junior and senior high school seasons. Once he signs, he will become the first player in 1A Lynden Christian history to play in the NBA in any capacity, according to Lyncs coach Roger DeBoer.
Tramaine Isabell, undrafted
Point guard, 6-foot-1, 180 pounds
High school: Lakeside/Garfield
Lakeside and Garfield product Tramaine Isabell went undrafted on Thursday night, and his next steps have not been announced. Isabell, who bounced from Missouri to Drexel, then to Saint Louis, averaged 21 points, 7.5 boards and 3.4 assists a game as a junior at Drexel. He was not widely projected to be drafted.
Ar’mond Davis, undrafted
Guard, 6-foot-6, 193 pounds
High school: Foss (Tacoma)
Earlier this week, Foss product Ar’mond Davis tweeted out that he was the biggest steal in the NBA Draft. After going undrafted, the Foss product took to the platform to indicate his journey isn’t over.