UNLV's McCaw, Zimmerman Selected in 2016 NBA Draft
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Two Mountain West men’s basketball players were selected in the 2016 NBA Draft, held Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, as UNLV’s Patrick McCaw and Stephen Zimmerman, Jr., heard their named called. This is the fourth consecutive year that at least two MW student-athletes were selected, and the eighth time overall.
McCaw, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, was selected with the eighth pick of the second round (38th overall) by the Milwaukee Bucks before being traded to the Golden State Warriors. Three picks later, teammate Zimmerman was drafted 41st overall by the Orlando Magic. McCaw and Zimmerman are the fourth and fifth UNLV players drafted since the MW’s inception in 1999, respectively.
In two years with the Rebels, McCaw averaged 12.2 points and 1.9 steals per game. His 81 steals in 2015-16 were the fourth-most in a single season by a MW player, and a sophomore record. Nationally, the 81 steals and 2.45 steals per game average ranked sixth. The 6-foot-7 guard started 48 games in his collegiate career while earning second-team all-conference honors last season.
Zimmerman, a 7-foot center, averaged 10.5 points and a team-leading 8.7 rebounds per game in his lone collegiate season. The Las Vegas, Nevada, native was named Preseason MW Freshman of the Year and earned a spot on the 2016 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award Watch List, but injuries limited him to 26 games.
McCaw and Zimmerman became the 22nd and 23rd players to be drafted from the Mountain West.
Thursday marked the first time multiple UNLV men's basketball players were drafted since 1991. That year, four Rebels were drafted, including Larry Johnson, Stacey Augmon, Greg Anthony and George Ackles.