NAW Draft

The New Orleans Pelicans selected former Virginia Tech guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker with the 17th pick of Thursday night’s 2019 NBA Draft. Alexander-Walker is the second highest draft pick in school history.

The Toronto, Canada, native averaged 16.2 points, 4.0 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game in his sophomore season. Alexander-Walker and the Hokies made the Sweet Sixteen last year in what is considered one of the best seasons in program history.

The 20-year-old joins Duke’s Zion Williamson, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. The Pelicans also selected former Texas center Jaxson Hayes with the eighth pick in the draft.

The Brooklyn Nets announced the drafting of Alexander-Walker because of a pending trade with New Orleans.

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Nickeil Alexander-Walker (right) greet NBA Commissioner Adam Silver at the podium in the Barclays Center, June 21, 2019. 

The drafting of Alexander-Walker is a monumental moment for Virginia Tech athletics and shows just how far the school’s basketball program has come in recent years. While Alexander-Walker will be difficult to replace next season, he sets the standard high for future athletes to play at Cassell Coliseum.

Sports staff writer; @CTSportsTalk

Multimedia Journalism Major, Class of 2020.

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