For the first time since 1995, an Ivy League player has been taken in the NBA Draft.
The Golden State Warriors did the honors, selecting Yale wing Miye Oni with the 58th pick, though it appears he will be headed to the Utah Jazz in a trade.
Utah is selecting Yale's Mye One with No. 58, league source tells ESPN. Warriors sold it to Jazz.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 21, 2019
Oni’s road to the NBA has been well-reported and is certainly unorthodox. Coming out of high school, he had plans to attend Division III Williams College. He eventually landed with the Bulldogs, where he increased his scoring average in each of his three seasons and led Yale to the 2019 NCAA Tournament. He was also named the 2019 Ivy League Player of the Year.
NBA scouts kept an eye on Oni all year long, partly due to his length (he had the third-longest wingspan at the NBA Draft combine) and, simply, his scoring ability. Oni could both shoot and finish in traffic, and is also solid from the line.
In the event that you didn’t watch much Ivy League basketball this year, allow us to catch you up:
Oni is the third mid-major player to go to Utah in this draft. The Jazz also took Jarrell Brantley (Charleston) and Justin Wright-Foreman (Hofstra).