Virginia big man Mike Scott, a first-team All-ACC selection this season as a fifth-year senior, was selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the second round. He was the 43rd pick overall.
Scott, listed at 6 foot 8 and 237 pounds by Virginia, led the Cavaliers in scoring (18.0) and rebounding (8.3) as a senior. He also led UVa in free-throw percentage at 80.8.
“I like the way he got to the free-throw line,” ESPN analyst Jay Bilas said. “He was a really tough cover in college. He just had a knack for scoring.”
He had been described as a “sleeper” first-round pick but Cory Alexander retains the distinction of being the last UVa player to be selected in the first round. Alexander was taken by San Antonio with the 29th overall pick in 1995.
Sean Singletary, Scott’s one-time teammate, was the last UVa player to be chosen in either round. Sacramento took Singletary with the No. 42 pick in 2008.
Scott played at Deep Run High School in Chesapeake and originally signed with Temple before taking a postgraduate year at Hargrave Military Academy. He was injured as a senior at UVa in 2010-11, appealed successfully for a fifth year of eligibility, and will turn 24 next month.
– Doug Doughty