Wolves Select Smith and Mavrokefalidis in Second Round
The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Boston College forward Craig Smith (36th overall) and center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (pronounced LUKE-as mav-ROW-ke-FA-lee-dis) of Greece (57th overall) in the second round of the 2006 NBA Draft. Additionally, the Timberwolves traded the draft rights to Washington forward Bobby Jones (37th overall) to the Philadelphia 76ers for a future second-round draft pick and cash considerations.
Smith, a 6-7 forward, averaged 17.6 points (.573 FG%) and 9.4 rebounds in 36 games (all starts) en route to capturing All-ACC First Team and AP All-America Third Team honors as a senior. He finished his Boston College career as the school's second all-time leading scorer (2,349 points, 18.1 ppg) and all-time leading rebounder (1,114 rebounds, 8.6 rpg).
"We're really excited about drafting Craig Smith," said Timberwolves Vice President of Basketball Operations Kevin McHale. "He's a tough, hard-nosed basketball player who was the glue on a very good Boston College team."
Mavrokefalidis, a 6-11 center, averaged 15.6 points (.577 FG%) and 7.8 rebounds for PAOK in Greece A-1, and earned a spot in the 2005 Greek A-1 All-Star Game. He has played for the Greek Under-21, Under-20 and Under-18 National Teams. Mavrokefalidis played on the Greek Under-18 squad that captured the bronze medal at the 2003 World Championships.
"Loukas is a young player who's a good shooter, and someone who we believe has a bright future," said McHale.
Earlier tonight, the Timberwolves acquired the draft rights to Villanova guard Randy Foye (seventh overall) and cash considerations from the Portland Trail Blazers for the draft rights to Washington guard Brandon Roy.