Wolves Draft Florida’s Chris Richard

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Timberwolves Select Florida Forward Chris Richard in Second Round of 2007 NBA Draft

The Minnesota Timberwolves tonight selected Florida forward Chris Richard in the second round (41st overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft. Richard averaged 6.2 ppg and 3.7 rpg on Florida's 2007 national championship team.

As a senior, Richard, a 6-9 forward, was the 2007 SEC Sixth Man of the Year and won two championships with the Gators on his way to becoming the winningest player in school history. He was a part of 112 wins, three SEC Tournament titles, an SEC East title and an SEC regular season title in addition to his two national championships in four seasons. In the 2007 tournament, Richard averaged 9.0 ppg on 84.6% shooting from the floor.

"Chris Richard is another very talented basketball player who has experienced a lot of success in college," said Timberwolves Vice President of Basketball Operations Kevin McHale. "He adds toughness and a great physical presence to our roster."

A Lakeland, Florida, native, Richard played in 141 games with the Gators and averaged 4.8 points and 3.2 rebounds over his four seasons in Florida. He improved his scoring and rebounding averages in each season in college and also appeared in 15 NCAA tournament games with the gators.

Earlier tonight, the Timberwolves drafted Richard's college teammate Corey Brewer with the seventh overall selection in the draft.