Thursday, June 28, 2007

Arron Afflalo Drafted By Detroit Pistons in 1st Round

By Bruin Basketball Report

UCLA's Arron Afflalo was selected as the 27th overall  pick in the first round by the Detroit Pistons in the 2007 NBA draft.

“The shock definitely came because I hadn’t worked out for the team so I wasn’t expecting to hear my name at that particular point and time,” Afflalo said. “I know my work ethic and I know what kind of basketball player I want to be and I’m blessed to have this opportunity. I’ve put a lot of hard work into this and I’m ready to put in even more. When you talk about Detroit Piston basketball, the first thing that comes to mind is mental and physical toughness and a desire to get better and I think those are my strongest qualities.”

Afflalo chose to leave for the NBA after his junior year.  He averaged 16.9 points on 46.1% shooting last season.

“I’m really excited for Arron and his family,” UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland said. “He’s worked very hard and this is a lifelong dream of his,” said Bruin head coach Ben Howland. “I can’t think of anybody more deserving than Arron to be a first-round draft pick in the NBA. He’s going to a great franchise with an outstanding team and an opportunity to be a part of something really special.” 

For the second consecutive year, a UCLA Bruin has been chosen in the first round.  Afflalo's backcourt mate, Jordan Farmar was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round 26th overall in the 2006 draft.

As a result of being selected in the first round, Afflalo will receive a guaranteed two-year NBA contract worth close to a million dollars per season.

Afflalo joins a defensive-oriented professional team in Detroit.  No doubt, Piston's general manager Joe Dumars, a tough defensive-minded shooting guard during his own playing days in Detroit, appreciates Afflalo's talents on both ends of the court.

Congratulations Arron!

Detroit Pistons Draft Press Conference (video)

(photo credit: AP)



At Jun 28, 2007, 1:40:00 PM, Anonymous AE said...

Sorry to see him go, but happy to see him go in the first round.

At Jun 28, 2007, 7:54:00 PM, Anonymous JonW said...

I now have a reason to watch an NBA game. Congratulations Arron, we'll be watching you every step of the way.

At Jun 29, 2007, 1:26:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Great fit!!
We will be pulling for you!!
Best of luck Aaron...thanks for getting our dynasty started here!!

At Jun 30, 2007, 11:30:00 AM, Anonymous Don said...

Congrats Aaron, very glad to see him go in the first round. Quality player and quality character... best of luck

At Jun 30, 2007, 6:04:00 PM, Anonymous clyde said...

An excellent fit for him on a defensive minded team. Definitely glad it was in the first round. What a class act.

At Dec 13, 2007, 2:45:00 AM, Anonymous ma531zda said...


At Mar 14, 2008, 3:51:00 PM, Anonymous Abel R said...

UR my idol man Keep up the good work and keep doing what you want to become
sorry to see you not finsh ur senior year at UCLA but ur the best keep it up
..ur biggest fan ABel....


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