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Bobcats Select Augustin, Ajinca and Weaver in 2008 NBA Draft
June 26, 2008

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The Bobcats drafted D.J. Augustin with the
ninth pick, and Alexis Ajinca with the 20th pick
in the 2008 NBA Draft.

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The Charlotte Bobcats tonight selected D.J. Augustin and Alexis Ajinca with the ninth and 20th picks, respectively, in the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft, and added Kyle Weaver with the 38th overall pick in the second round. Augustin comes to the Bobcats after two seasons at the University of Texas, where he averaged 16.9 points and 6.2 assists in 73 games. Ajinca spent the last two seasons playing professionally in his native country of France.

The Bob Cousy Award winner as the nationís top point guard in 2007-08, Augustin earned consensus First Team All-American honors and First Team All-Big 12 honors as a sophomore. Augustin, who led the Big 12 in assists (5.8 per game) and ranked second in scoring (19.2 points per game), was also a finalist for the Naismith and Wooden Awards. Despite playing just two seasons at Texas, Augustin finished his collegiate career ranked fifth in school history in assists (452), fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.402), ninth in free throw percentage (.808) and 18th in scoring (1,234 points).

As a freshman in 2006-07, Augustin was named Second Team All-Big 12 and a consensus Freshman All-American, after leading the Big 12 and ranking fourth nationally in assists (6.7 per game).

A 7-0 center, Ajinca made his professional debut in 2006-07 with Pau-Orthez of the French ProA League before moving to Hyeres-Toulon in 2007-08. He averaged 5.0 points and 3.1 rebounds in 10.8 minutes per game in 24 games played for Hyeres-Toulon, while shooting .538 from the field and .825 from the free throw line. Ajinca was a member of the French National Teams that won the Bronze Medal at the 2007 Under-19 World Championship and the Gold Medal at the 2006 Under-18 European Championship.

Weaver played the last four seasons at Washington State University, where he became the first player in Pac-10 history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 400 assists, 175 steals and 75 blocked shots in a career. He finished his career ranked second in school history in assists with 465, third in steals with 188, seventh in blocked shots with 93 and 17th in scoring with 1,162 points. Weaver, who ranked in the top five in the conference in assists in each of the last three seasons, was named Second Team All-Pac-10 as a senior and First Team All-Pac-10 as a junior.

johnny d:
i will purchase the nba package in order to watch augustin play he is a superstar

Kyle Weaver will be your best player from this year's draft, and outstanding pick at a phenomenal value! Congratulations.

Charlotte is blessed to have Kyle Weaver! He's a "pro" as an awesome person...please take good care of him!

bobcats a great team and they can win a championship in the upcoming season. they are my favorite. esp. richardson. i can feel they pick a right rookie for them in the person of d.j. agustin the nxt rookie of the year

Big Pur's to the staff. Excellent draft choices guy's. Welcome to the team new guy's. Make us proud!

Bobcats have made a very good choice by taking Ajinca, one of the future best center in Europe. He has a good shoot, is well in free throw, a good thing for a center. And he has a lot of energy, very mobile center, i think you should be surprised ! He just need to work his physical strength...This yeai i'll watch Bobcats matches

I really didn't like the two first round picks. Augustin is the type of player that comes a dime a dozen. He is a great college guard but probably not in the NBA (We already have Felton why draft another one). The chances of him making a starting lineup on most of the NBA teams are very slim. I also don't believe in drafting a player when you already player that is better at that position (again Felton). Should have taken a big man (Lopez) whether he is going to be an All-Star or not. It is obvious that Okafor is not a center and Sean May can't get on the court. The French guy Ajinca could be good but I heard he may not even play in the NBA for another 2 years. What a waste. Charlotte needs guys right now that are ready to play. They have some good players that would be great role players if we had a superstar or two on the team. I think Weaver may be a surprise player in the future. Seen him play a few times and he looks very athletic. Just wish we could have seen a better draft from Charlotte. Why not Bayless or at the very least Brandon Rush. I just don't understand the Augustin pick

bobcats should make the playoff with a new look and larry

I'm a Washington State grad, and follow the team very closely. Bobcat fans will love Kyle Weaver. Hard worker, excellent defender, relentless, and cool under pressure. Enjoy!

Kyle Weaver is going to be a beast...he is the same player as Westbrook and will be a better pro. Good for you Bobcats.

great picks. D.J. will at least be the answer to a back-up for Raymond for the for-seeablee future and could start in a couple of years since he is so young. Adding a very young & raw center and a 6'6" denfensive stopper fills all our present needs. If may & morrison return to form and the rest of the team stays relatively healthy for the season we should make the play-offs for sure.

Tony C:
I am very excited for Kyle to be going to Charlotte! A role model to many here in Beloit, we had a great time at his draft party and he ironically had on a Jordan T-Shirt! He will help out the Bobcats next season and be considered a steal in the future. Expect Bobcats merchandise sales to be on the rise in Wisconsin! I need to be first with a Weaver jersey!!!!!

Watching Kyle Weaver for four years at Washington State has been a delight. He is a lock down defender (he absolutely shutdown O.J. Mayo twice in two WSU victories over USC this year)--completely unselfish player who can really, really pass the ball. The young man is of the highest quality character as well. He might be the steal of this draft--think Rajon Rondo with more raw ability. I cant wait to follow his career at Charolette

really shocked that they didnt take Kostas Kaufus who is an accomplished player when they need another big man this Ajinca has accomplished nothing and is a long term project

I love D.J and is a solid point guard. However, why did we pick up Ajinca? He was only averaging 5 points a game, in a less demanding French league??? I like Kyle Weaver as well, but we could of had Chris-Douglas Roberts, a first team All American. We still should of got another Center, that is our most sought after position right not, and it is dire that we drafted one. Anyway, I will still go to a lot of Bobcat games this year. Thanks

NC Girl:
Bobcats did a good job on backing up Raymond Felton with D.J Augustin and getting a big man inside with Alexis Ajinca , but they went wrong with Kyle Weaver they should have went with another big man.Over all they had a good draft.

I think you guys did a good job on acquiring the 20th pick and did well to acquire a pass-first point guard. I know you will probably hear criticism on drafting an international guy; however, it takes a lot of guts to take a chance on a guy, and it is certain that somewhere overseas lies the next Dirk or the next Gasol.

Kyle Weaver and Adam Morrison, The inland northwest is going to become Bobcat fan territory

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