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Southland Connection

Players with college and/or high school basketball connections in Southern California who were selected in Wednesday’s NBA draft:

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Player, Position Team Selected By College and/or High School When *GILBERT ARENAS, guard Golden State Arizona (Van Nuys Grant HS) 31st overall *BRANDON ARMSTRONG, guard Houston*** Pepperdine 23rd overall *TYSON CHANDLER, forward Clippers** Compton Dominguez HS 2nd overall ERIC CHENOWITH, center New York Kansas (Villa Park HS) 43rd overall JARRON COLLINS, forward Utah Stanford (Harvard-Westlake HS) 53rd overall *JASON COLLINS, center Houston*** Stanford (Harvard-Westlake HS) 18th overall BRIAN SCALABRINE, forward New Jersey USC 35th overall JEFF TREPAGNIER, guard Cleveland USC (Compton HS) 36th overall EARL WATSON, guard Seattle UCLA 40th overall

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- Prominent Southern California players not selected:

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*Nick Burwell, guard, Orange Coast Coll. (Inglewood HS) *Jerry Green, guard, UC Irvine (Pomona HS) Brian Heinle, forward, Cal State Northridge *Tony Key, forward, Compton Centennial HS

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* Early entrant to NBA draft

** Traded rights to Chandler to Chicago.

*** Traded rights to Armstrong and Collins to New Jersey.

SELECTIONS IN PREVIOUS YEARS

* USC players chosen in first round:

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Year Player Pos Team Overall 1968 Bill Hewitt F Lakers 11th 1972 Paul Westphal G Boston 10th 1975 John Lambert F Cleveland 15th 1979 Cliff Robinson F New Jersey 11th 1992 Harold Miner G Miami 12th 1997 Rodrick Rhodes G Houston 24th

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- UCLA point guards selected in first two rounds:

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Year Player Team Overall 1995 Tyus Edney Sacramento 47th 1989 Pooh Richardson Minnesota 10th 1983 Rod Foster Phoenix 28th 1979 Roy Hamilton Detroit 10th 1970 John Vallely Atlanta 14th

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- Pepperdine players chosen in first two rounds:

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Year Player P Team Overall 1976 Dennis Johnson G Seattle 29th 1992 Doug Christie G Lakers 17th

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