Tony Snell Drafted no. 20 by Chicago Bulls
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  06/27/2013
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

June 27, 2013

Brooklyn, N.Y. --- Tony Snell's lifelong dream was realized, and now the former Lobo star will suit up for the Chicago Bulls after the team drafted him No. 20 in the first round. Snell becomes the highest Lobo hoops draft pick since Danny Granger went No. 17 to Indiana.

Snell is the eighth first round draft choice in Lobo history, and the sixth since 1991, when Luc Longley was drafted seventh by the Minnesota Timberwolves. J.R. Giddens was the last first rounder for the program, going 30th to the Boston Celtics in 2008.

"It's an exciting day for Tony," said UNM head coach Craig "Noodles" Neal. "I'm so proud of him and extremely happy for him and his family! He has represented himself and our University in a first class manner!" Neal added, "Great things happen to great people, and Tony is a tremendous young man."

The choice caps off a historic year for the university, as it marks the first time in school history the school has had first round draft choices in three separate sports in the same year. Blake Smith was a first round choice in the MLS draft (No. 8 to Montreal), and DJ Peterson was selected in the first round (No. 12) by Seattle.

Snell was a third team All-Mountain West selection last year, but he starred in the Mountain West Tournament, earning MVP honors as he led UNM to a second straight Mountain West Tournament title and a second straight NCAA berth. He averaged 12.5 points and led UNM with 64 three-pointers. For his career, he averaged 9.2 points, scoring 952 points in his career. He shot .380 from three-point range, hitting 165 for his career.

An excellent ball-handler, Snell had 213 career assists, including 101 this past season.

Snell was the second Mountain West player drafted in the first round, after Anthony Bennett of UNLV went first overall to Cleveland. Since 2000 (the inception of the Mountain West), the league is now tied with the SEC for the most overall number 1 selections with two, as Andrew Bogut was the No. 1 pick out of Utah in 2005.

Notes: At one point after the draft, Tony Snell was ranked ninth on Twitter's worldwide trend list.

Year	Player	               Pos.	Rd./Pk	Team	                Years at UNM
2013    Tony Snell              G       1/20    Chicago Bulls           2010-13
2010	Darington Hobson	G	2/37	Milwaukee Bucks	        2009-10
2008 J.R. Giddens	        G	1/30	Boston Celtics	        2006-08
2005 Danny Granger	        F	1/17	Indiana Pacers	        2003-05
1999	Kenny Thomas	        F	1/22	Houston Rockets	        1996-99
1997	Charles Smith	        G	1/26	Miami Heat	        1993-97
1991	Luc Longley	        C	1/7	Minnesota Timberwolves	1987-91
1987	Kelvin Scarborough	G	6/123	Denver Nuggets	        1983-87
1986	Johnny Brown	        F	7/146	Los Angeles Clippers	1984-86
1984	Tim Garrett	        F	7/145	Washington Bullets	1982-84
1984	Phil Smith	        G	4/89	Detroit Pistons  	1980-84
1981	Kenny Page	        F	5/96	Cleveland Cavaliers	1979-81
1980	Larry Belin	        C	5/102	Portland Trail Blazers	1978-79
1980	Everette Jefferson	G	6/130	Houston Rockets	        1978-80
1979	Phil Abney	        F	6/113	New York Knicks	        1977-79
1979	Russell Saunders	G	10/200	Kansas City Kings	1977-79
1978	Michael Cooper	        G	3/60	Los Angeles Lakers	1976-78
1978	Willie Howard	        F	7/139	New Orleans Jazz	1977-78
1978	Marvin Johnson	        F	2/31	Chicago Bulls	        1976-78
1974	Bernard Hardin	        F	5/74	Portland Trail Blazers	1972-74
1973	Darryl Minniefield	F	4/53	Philadelphia 76ers	1971-73
1971	Willie Long	        C	2/35	Cleveland Cavaliers	1968-71
1970	Ron Becker	        F	10/168	Baltimore Bullets	1967-70
1970	Greg Howard	        F	1/10	Phoenix Suns	        1967-69
1969	Ron Sanford	        F	4/51	Cincinnati Royals	1967-69
1968	Ron Nelson	        G	3/26	Baltimore Bullets	1966-68
1967	Mel Daniels	        F	1/9	Cincinnati Royals	1964-67
1967	Ben Monroe	        F	12/127	Los Angeles Lakers	1965-67
1967	Bill Morgan	        F	11/119	San Francisco Warriors	1965-67
1964	Ira Harge	        C	2/11	Philadelphia 76ers	1962-64
1956	Toby Roybal	        G	NA	New York Knicks	        1953-54, 1955-56
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