Long Island undertones rang through this year’s NBA draft.
Tobias Harris, a Dix Hills native, was selected by the Charlotte Bobcats and traded to the Milwaukee Bucks with the 19th overall pick.
Hofstra’s Charles Jenkins was selected in the second round, 44th overall, by the Golden State Warriors.
Jenkins becomes the first Hofstra player chosen in the NBA draft since Speedy Claxton was a first-round pick of the Philadelphia 76ers (20th overall) back in 2000. Claxton also played part of his NBA career with the Golden State Warriors during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons.
From Hofstra sports information…
The last Pride player to reach the NBA was Norman Richardson (’01), who was a free agent selection of the Indiana Pacers in 2001 and played parts of one season for the Pacers and Chicago Bulls.
Rich Laurel remains the highest-ever NBA Draft selection by a Hofstra player, as he was a first-round pick of the Portland Trail Blazers in 1977 (19th overall) and played for part of the 1977-78 season with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Bill Thieben was a third-round selection (22nd overall) of the Fort Wayne Pistons in 1956 and played for the Pistons for three years.
Other Hofstra players to be chosen in the top 60 (the modern NBA Draft has 60 selections) include John Irving, who was a third-round selection by the Detroit Pistons (58th overall) in 1977, and Steve Nisenson, who was chosen by the New York Knicks in the fifth round in 1965 (40th overall).
Hofstra players who earned selections in later rounds include Richie Swartz (1962, 7th round), Barry White (1969, 8th round), Bernard Tomlin (1976, 6th round), Henry Hollingsworth (1979, 8th round) and Doug Mills (1984, 10th round).