Warriors Add Anthony Randolph And Richard Hendrix In 2008 Draft
Club Lands Two Forwards As Part Of League’s Annual Selection Process
The Warriors selected Anthony Randolph with their first-round pick (No. 14 overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty)
The Golden State Warriors added Anthony Randolph, a forward from Louisiana State University, and Richard Hendrix, a forward from the University of Alabama, in this evening’s NBA Draft. The league’s annual selection process took place in the WaMu Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, with the Warriors basketball operations staff – led by Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Mullin – operating from the team’s draft headquarters in Downtown Oakland.
Randolph was an early entry candidate for the 2008 NBA Draft after playing one season at LSU, where he earned Honorable Mention All-SEC and First Team All-Freshman Team honors. A 6-10 forward, Randolph started all 31 games during his freshman season with the Tigers, averaging 15.6 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.13 steals and 2.26 blocks per contest. Additionally, he shot 46.4 percent (183-394 FG) from the field and 69.3 percent (115-166 FT) from the free throw line. The 18-year-old, who celebrates his 19th birthday on July 15, 2008, ranked third in the Southeastern Conference in rebounding and blocked shots, while also ranking 12th in scoring. A product of Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas who was born in Worzbach, Germany, Randolph scored 20-or-more points nine times – including a career-high 29 points versus Alabama – and posted nine point/rebound double-doubles.
“We are excited about drafting Anthony,” Mullin said. “He’s has great length, is athletic, and can make plays. We think he has star quality and we feel real fortunate to have him.”
Richard Hendrix was the only player in the SEC to average a point/rebound double-double last season. (photo: courtesy of U. of Alabama)
With the 49th overall pick in the draft, Golden State tabbed Hendrix, an early entry candidate who played three seasons at the University of Alabama. A 6-9 forward, Hendrix earned First Team All-SEC honors as a junior this past season, averaging 17.8 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.28 steals and 1.97 blocks per contest, while shooting 59.8 percent (229-383 FG) from the field. The only player in the conference to average a point/rebound double-double this past season, Hendrix ranked first in the SEC in rebounding, fifth in scoring, third in field goal percentage and fifth in blocked shots. He tallied 20-or-more points eight times, including a season-high 30 points (13-15 FG) against Missouri State. Additionally, the 22-year-old posted 22 points and a career-high 23 rebounds in the 2006-07 season-opener versus Troy. During his three-year career at Alabama, Hendrix appeared in 95 games (86 starts), averaging 14.0 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.60 blocks, while shooting 59.0 percent (523-886 FG) from the field.
“We were really happy to get Richard at #49 because we didn’t think he was still going to be available,” Mullin said. “We really like his rebounding ability and his physical stature.”
Randolph will wear uniform #4 and Hendrix will sport uniform #35.
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