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Former Syracuse standout Hughes selected 39th overall in NBA Draft

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Elijah Hughes becomes 74th Syracuse basketball player drafted into the NBA after getting selected by New Orleans Pelicans and traded to Utah Jazz.

Posted: Nov 19, 2020 2:08 AM
Updated: Nov 19, 2020 2:11 AM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Elijah Hughes is heading to the show.

The former Syracuse forward was selected by the New Orleans Pelicans with the 39th overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and immediately traded to the Utah Jazz.

Hughes is the first Orange basketball alum to be drafted into the NBA since Tyler Lydon in 2017.

The 22-year-old Beacon, N.Y. native played two seasons at Syracuse after sitting out his sophomore year due to NCAA transfer rules.

In his two years on the Carrier Dome floor, he scored 1,075 points, averaging 16.3 points per game on 42.4% shooting.

This past season, his redshirt junior year, Hughes averaged 19 points per game to lead the ACC in scoring, and shot 42.7% from the field.

He is the 74th Syracuse basketball player to be drafted into the NBA, and 46th of head coach Jim Boeheim's tenure.

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