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Former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball star Carlos Boozer Jr. became the third Alaskan to ever be picked in the NBA Draft when the Cleveland Cavaliers selected the junior center-power forward from Duke University in the second round of today's draft in New York City.
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Boozer, who had been predicted as a mid- to late-first round pick, was chosen with the 35th overall selection. Boozer, who was a 6-foot-9, 280-pound center in college, was a third-team all-American this past season for Duke. He expects to play power forward in the NBA and dropped his weight to 255 pounds for more mobility.
In his junior year at Duke, Boozer averaged 18.2 points and a team-high 8.7 rebounds a game, setting an ACC record by making 66.5 percent of his shots. Boozer averaged 13.3 points a game as a sophomore and 13.0 as a freshman.
Over his college career Boozer did well in big games, earning the MVP trophies in the ACC Championships this year and the Preseason NIT tournament his sophomore season. When Duke won the NCAA title his sophomore year, Boozer came back from a broken foot to score 19 points in the semifinal game and post a double-double (12 points, 12 rebounds) in the title game against Arizona. When Boozer played for Team USA in the World Championship for Young Men last summer, Boozer led the team in scoring and rebounding as it won the gold medal, posting a single-game record 29 points in Team USA's semifinal victory over Argentina.
Boozer joins two other Alaskans as NBA Draft choices former East Anchorage High School and Duke guard Trajan Langdon, who was a first-round pick in 1999 by the Cleveland Cavaliers, and former Bartlett High School and University of Alaska Anchorage guard Tony Turner, who was a seventh-round pick in the early 1980s by the Detroit Pistons but never advanced past the Continental Basketball Association.
Langdon is a free agent this summer, after three seasons with the Cavaliers, and is expected to change teams. Current Cleveland center-forward Michael Doleac briefly attended Monroe Catholic School in Fairbanks, but Doleac went to high school in the Lower 48 before attending the University of Utah.
A longer version of this story will run in tomorrow's edition.