CLIPPERS SIGN 2010 FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICKS
July 9, 2010
AL- FAROUQ AMINU AND ERIC BLEDSOE
The Los Angeles Clippers today signed rookie forward Al-Farouq Aminu, the eighth overall selection in the 2010 NBA Draft and rookie guard Eric Bledsoe, the 18th pick. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not announced.
A versatile and athletic player, the former Wake Forest star Aminu was an Honorable Mention AP All-American and was selected to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Second Team in 2009-10 after a sensational sophomore season that saw him lead the ACC in rebounding.
The 19-year old Norcross, Georgia native led the ACC with 19 double-doubles and was one of just five players in major conference college basketball to average a double-double in 2009-10. Aminu led the Demon Deacons with 15.8 points per game, 10.7 rebounds and 4.4 blocks.
Bledsoe, 20, was acquired in a draft day trade after he was originally selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder and then sent to the Clippers in exchange for a future protected first round draft pick. The 6-foot-1 inch, 190 pound guard appeared in 37 games for Kentucky in 2009-10, averaging 11.3 points, 2.9 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game in his first and only college season.
A Birmingham, Alabama native, Bledsoe was named to the Sporting News SEC All-Freshman Team and was named a CollegeInsider.com Freshman All-American. Bledsoe comes to the Clippers in the club’s 14th draft day trade since 1982 and brings toughness and athleticism to the Clippers in addition to a deft long-range shooting touch.