Bulls sign draft picks Noah and Gray

Joakim Noah and Aaron Gray
Joakim Noah and Aaron Gray
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    July 27, 2007 – The Chicago Bulls announced today the signings of 2007 draft picks Joakim Noah and Aaron Gray. Per team policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

    Noah (6-11, 232) was drafted ninth overall by Chicago after an outstanding college career at Florida, where he played a pivotal role in helping UF become the first school in the past 15 years to claim back-to-back national championships. In his three seasons with the Gators, he started 78 of his 108 appearances and averaged 10.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.72 bpg and 1.7 apg. He also shot .612 from the field (second best in school history) and .684 from the free throw line.

    Gray (7-0, 270) was the Bulls’ second selection in NBA Draft 2007 and the 49th pick overall. He played in 113 games over four seasons with Pittsburgh and averaged 9.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.3 apg and 1.15 bpg and shot .550 from the floor. The Third-Team All-American and Big East/Aeropostale Scholar Athlete of the Year led the Panthers in many categories as a senior in 2006.07, including marks of 13.9 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.72 bpg and .565 field goal shooting.

    Recently at the Pepsi Pro Summer League in Orlando, Gray was selected to the Honorable Mention team after averaging 10.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.20 spg and 1.20 bpg in five starting assignments. In Chicago’s three games at the Rocky Mountain Revue, he has averaged 9.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 1.33 bpg.

    Noah will wear No. 13 and Gray, No. 34.