NEW YORK — The 76ers selected Jaden Springer with the 28th pick of Thursday night’s NBA draft at the Barclays Center.
The 6-foot-4 guard led the Tennessee in scoring with 12.5 points per game to go with 3.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game this past season as a freshman. He earned Southeastern Conference All-Freshman honors.
“I’m excited to come to the City of Brotherly Love and play for Doc Rivers,” Springer said of being drafted by the Sixers.
The Charlotte native, who doesn’t turn 19 until Sept. 25, has a lot of potential. He can play both guard positions, but he’s not a true point guard and is a little undersized for a typical NBA shooting guard.
But Springer doesn’t have a problem scoring the basketball.
He is someone teams can take a flyer on because of his youth. But while he’s someone they will have to wait on to develop, Springer has a knack for scoring the ball and could be special in a couple of seasons.
In the second round, the Sixers chose poward Filip Petrusev at No. 50 and picked Charles Bassey three spots later.
Pertusev is a 6-11 Serbian power forward/center, while Bassey is a 6-11 Nigerian center. He was a junior this season at Western Kentucky.