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Bub Carrington Becomes Fourth-Highest Draft Pick in Pitt History



Pitt freshman guard Bub Carrington became the fourth-highest draft pick in Pitt’s program history on Wednesday night.

Carrington is only behind Charles Smith (No. 3 overall), Cam Johnson (No. 11), and Steven Adams (No. 12 overall) in school history.

Carrington went 14th overall to the Washington Wizards, who acquired the pick from the Portland Trail Blazers. The Baltimore native was projected by popular mock drafts to go anywhere from No. 12 to near the end of the first round, and on Wednesday, his talent proved to be too much to let slip out of the lottery. The final lottery pick now joins the Wizards just outside of his hometown of Baltimore.

He will play his home games in his first career NBA season in the same arena that he played this year’s ACC Tournament in. In Pitt’s first ACC Tournament game against Wake Forest, Carrington had nine points, four rebounds, and two assists. He then exploded for 24 points (four for eight from three-point range), five rebounds, and three assists in Pitt’s loss to North Carolina. He finished his lone collegiate season averaging 13.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game for the Panthers.


Carrington was the only freshman in college basketball who averaged 13.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. 15 freshmen hit that mark since 1992-93, and now 11 of those players became first-round NBA Draft picks.

He improved his stock with a strong performance at the NBA Combine last month, testing well athletically (36.5-inch vertical and 3.28-second 3/4 court sprint) and from the field — shooting well off the dribble (21-of-30), on spot-up opportunities (20-of-25) and the 3-point star (13-of-25).

Carrington is the first former Pitt Panther to be selected in the NBA Draft since Cameron Johnson (Minnesota Timberwolves, 11th overall) in the 2019 NBA Draft — and the first Panther selected directly out of Pittsburgh since Lamar Patterson (Milwaukee Bucks, 48th overall) in 2014.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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