Three former SU stars taken in the NBA Draft
INDEPENDENCE, OH (WKTV) - The Cleveland Cavaliers selected former Syracuse sixth-man Dion Waiters fourth in the NBA Draft while the Boston Celtics took Fab Melo 22nd overall and Kris Joseph 51st overall.
The Cavs feel Waiters will make a nice compliment to NBA Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving who was last years number one pick.
Waiters came off the bench for coach Jim Boeheim and averaged over 12 points a game in 37 games last season.
Melo led Syracuse with 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game while averaging 7.8 points per game last season but missed the NCAA tournament because of academic issues. Syracuse was eliminated in the Elite Eight by Ohio State, 77-70.
Joseph averaged 13.4 points and 4.7 rebounds for the Orange last season, playing a role in Syracuse's run to the Elite 8, where it was eventually eliminated by the Ohio State Buckeyes, led by Jared Sullinger, who the Celtics selected with the 21st overall pick on Thursday night.