Cleveland Cavaliers Draft Shannon Brown, Daniel Gibson and Ejike Ugboaja in 2006 NBA Draft

CLEVELAND, June 28th, 2006 - The Cleveland Cavaliers selected guard Shannon Brown (Michigan State) with the 25th pick, guard Daniel Gibson (Texas) with the 42nd pick and forward Ejike Ugboaja (Nigeria) with the 55th pick of the 2006 NBA Draft.
“It was an exciting night for us,” Cavaliers General Manager Danny Ferry said. “We were very lucky that Shannon Brown was there when we picked and with Daniel Gibson at the 42nd pick. Both players I think have a bright future in the NBA. They are both talented and high quality people. They are athletic, like to defend, make a shot and will bring a lot of energy every day to practices and the games. We are very fortunate to have them and are looking forward to getting them here and getting them started in their development process that will take place over the next couple of years.”
Brown, 20, was named All-Big Ten Second Team and Big Ten All-Defensive Team following his junior season in which he averaged 17.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. He scored 15 or more points in 21 of 34 games as a junior. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound guard was named All-Big Ten Honorable mention and selected the Most Outstanding Player of the Austin Regional of the 2005 NCAA Tournament during his sophomore season. During his three-year career at Michigan State, he played in 97 games (89 starts) and averaged 12.2 points and 3.4 rebounds. He scored in double figures in 61 of 97 career games, including 13 games with 20 or more points.
Gibson, 21, was named Honorable Mention All-America by The Associated Press following his sophomore season at Texas in which he averaged 13.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound guard shot .380 (101-266) from three-point range and scored in double figures 24 times during his sophomore season. During his freshman season, he averaged 14.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game and was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year and was a Third Team All-Big 12 selection. In two seasons, Gibson played in 68 games (68 starts) and averaged 13.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.
Ugboaja, 21, played for Union Bank Lagos in the Nigerian Premier League. In the Under-21 World Championships for Nigeria in 2005, he averaged 5.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in six games. The 6-foot-9, 225-pound forward played in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and averaged 15.4 points and 9.8 rebounds, earning All-Tournament Second Team honors. He is a member of the Nigerian National Team.