Ager, Brown And Davis Selected In NBA Draft

Ager and Brown chosen in first round.

Maurice Ager was selected by the Dallas Mavericks with the 28th pick in the 2006 NBA Draft.

Maurice Ager was selected by the Dallas Mavericks with the 28th pick in the 2006 NBA Draft.

June 29, 2006

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Childhood dreams became a reality for three Spartans on Wednesday night as Maurice Ager, Paul Davis and Shannon Brown were selected in the 2006 NBA Draft at Madison Square Garden in New York. Brown and Ager were both picked in the first round as the Cleveland Cavaliers chose Brown at No. 25, followed by Ager going to the Dallas Mavericks at No. 28. Davis was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers with the fourth pick in the second round (No. 34 overall).

With three Spartans selected, Michigan State has had 10 players drafted in the last seven drafts, ranking only behind Connecticut (11) and Duke (11). With Ager and Brown going in the first round, the Spartans have produced six first rounders in the last seven years, including Mateen Cleaves (14th) and Morris Peterson (21st) in 2000 and Jason Richardson (5th) and Zach Randolph (19th) in 2001. Only Connecticut (8) and Duke (7) have produced more, while MSU's six equals North Carolina's total. In addition to the 10 draft picks, both Charlie Bell and Alan Anderson made NBA squads as free agents.

This is just the second time in school history that three Spartans have been selected in the same draft, equaling the draft class of 2001 when Andre Hutson was selected in the second round, joining Richardson and Randolph in the first round. It also marks just the fourth time in MSU history that two Spartans have been selected in the first round, joining Magic Johnson (1st) and Greg Kelser (4th) in 1979, Cleaves and Peterson in 2000 and Richardson and Randolph in 2001.

This past season, Ager (19.3 ppg), Brown (17.2 ppg) and Davis (17.5 ppg) were the only trio in the nation with each player averaging more than 17 points per game. The three players shared Michigan State's MVP award as voted on by their teammates.

Brown averaged 17.2 points in 2005-06, ranking third on the squad and sixth in the conference. In Big Ten games, he averaged a team-best 18.8 points, third-highest in the league, earning second-team all-conference accolades. He also improved his all-around game as a junior, averaging career bests in rebounding (4.4 rpg) and assists (2.7 apg), ranking second on the squad in both categories. Among his individual honors, he was named to the USBWA and NABC all-district teams and was a Naismith Award candidate. Brown also excelled on the defensive end of the court, earning a spot on the Big Ten All-Defensive Team.

Last season, Ager led the Big Ten in overall scoring, averaging 19.3 points per game, becoming the first Spartan to accomplish that feat since Shawn Respert in 1995. He earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the media and third-team accolades from the coaches, while also earning USBWA and NABC all-district honors. In the Big Ten Tournament, Ager averaged 19.0 points and was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team. In addition, he was one of 10 finalists for both the USBWA Oscar Robertson Trophy and the Senior CLASS Award, and was also a candidate for the Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy. He finished his career ranked 11th in MSU history in scoring (1,554 points), fourth in made 3-point field goals (202) and third in 3-point field-goals attempted (532).

In 2005-06, Davis ranked second on the team in scoring (17.5 ppg) and led the squad in rebounding (9.1 rpg), while ranking second in the Big Ten. The Big Ten leader with 14 double-doubles, he ranked among the top six in the Big Ten statistics in seven different categories, standing second in rebounding (9.1 rpg), fifth in scoring (17.5 ppg), fourth in field-goal percentage (.566), third in free-throw percentage (.870), seventh in blocked shots (0.88 bpg), sixth in offensive rebounds (2.64 orpg) and first in defensive rebounds (6.48 drpg). Davis ranks in the top 10 in Michigan State history in six statistical categories. In addition to being the career leader in free throws made (477) and attempted (625), he also ranks among the leaders in scoring (8th, 1,718), rebounds (4th, 910), blocked shots (4th, 87) and field goals (9th, 614). Among the many honors Davis amassed this past season, he was a second-team All-Big Ten selection, USBWA and NABC all-district honoree and a candidate for the Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy.

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