Spurs Select Blair, McClinton And De Colo In 2009 NBA Draft

  • AUDIO: DeJuan Blair | Jack McClinton | Nando De Colo
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    SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Spurs announced today that they selected DeJuan Blair with the 37th overall pick, Jack McClinton with the 51st overall pick and Nando De Colo with the 53rd overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

    Blair, a 6-7 forward, spent the past two seasons at the University of Pittsburgh. Last season he was named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press, the Co-Big East Player of the Year and earned First Team All-Conference honors. Blair led the nation in offensive rebounding (5.6 rpg), ranked fourth in total rebounding (12.3 rpg) and 19th in field goal percentage (.593). For the season he averaged 15.7 points and 1.54 steals in 35 games. Blair recorded 21 double-doubles, including two 20-point 20-rebound games. In the NCAA Tournament he averaged 16.8 points and 13.8 rebounds in four games being named to the East Regional All-Tournament Team. As a freshman Blair was named the Big East Co-Rookie of the Year and was an All-Big East Honorable Mention. He averaged 11.6 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.68 steals in 37 games. He scored in double figures 25 times and posted 14 double-doubles. For his career Blair appeared in 72 games for the Panthers, averaging 13.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.61 steals while shooting .568 (394-694) from the field.

    McClinton, a 6-1 guard, set the ACC record with a .440 (286-650) career three-point shooting percentage in his three years at the University of Miami. As a senior he was named an All-ACC First Team selection while leading the ACC in three-point field goal percentage (.453, 101-223, 6th in NCAA) and free throw percentage (.885, 116-131, 10th in NCAA). McClinton averaged 19.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 32 games. In five games vs. No.1 ranked opponents he averaged 29.8 points and 5.2 three-pointers per game. During his junior season McClinton led the ACC in free throw percentage (.919, 114-124, 3rd in NCAA) and ranked second in the league in three-point shooting (.427, 94-220). He became the first men’s player in Miami history to earn All-ACC First Team honors, averaging 17.7 points, 2.6 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 32 games. McClinton was an All-ACC Third Team pick his sophomore season, averaging 16.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 31 games. He spent his freshman season at Sienna where he named MAAC Rookie of the Week six times. During his three seasons at Miami, he averaged 17.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 95 games.

    The Spurs used the 53rd overall pick to select De Colo from France. He has spent the past three seasons playing for Cholet Basket in the French Pro A League. Last season he averaged 13.1 points and 3.5 assists in 27.8 minutes in 22 French League games. In 15 EuroChallenge games, he averaged 13.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 27.1 minutes. In 2007 he represented France in the Under-20 European Championships, averaging 17.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 27.1 minutes in eight games.