OKLAHOMA CITY, June 23, 2022 – The Oklahoma City Thunder selected forward Chet Holmgren (second overall), guard Jalen Williams (12th overall) and forward Jaylin Williams (34th overall), it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. The Thunder also acquired the rights to forward Ousmane Dieng, the 11th overall pick, from the New York Knicks in exchange for three protected 2023 first-round draft picks.
Holmgren (7-0, 195) played one season with the Gonzaga Bulldogs, appearing in 32 games (31 starts), averaging 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.66 blocks in 26.8 minutes per game. He was awarded the 2021-22 WCC Defensive Player of the Year, WCC Newcomer of the Year and was named to the 2021-22 All-America Second Team by AP and Sporting News.
Dieng (6-10, 216) [oose-mon jeng] spent the 2021-22 season with the New Zealand Breakers of the NBL, seeing action in 23 games (11 starts), averaging 8.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 20.8 minutes per game.
Jalen Williams (6-6, 195) spent three seasons at Santa Clara University, appearing in 33 games (all starts), averaging 18.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 34.8 minutes per game. He ranked second in the WCC in scoring and sixth in assists en route to being named to the All-WCC First Team.
Jaylin Williams (6-10, 240) played two seasons at the University of Arkansas, appearing in 37 games (35 starts), averaging 10.9 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.29 steals in 31.6 minutes per game in his sophomore season. He was named to the 2021-22 SEC All-Defensive Team and the All-SEC First Team by coaches.