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Damion James goes to Atlanta

DALLAS -- One of the more intriguing players to watch over the next few seasons will be Nacogdoches native and Texas star Damion James, who fell to the Atlanta Hawks with the No. 24 pick.

James, a first-team All-Big 12 performer, was the fifth Big 12 player selected. The 6-foot-7 forward led Texas in scoring (18.0), rebounding (10.3), double-doubles (17), steals (57) and minutes (30.3) and ranked second on the squad in blocked shots (40).