Wednesday, Jun. 30|
Seattle, Round 1, pick 13.
(Traded with Billy Owens, Dale Ellis and Don MacLean to Orlando for Horace Grant and 2001, 2002 second-round picks.)
"Corey Maggette has NBA tongues a-waggin' because of his tremendous upside. Maggette is a scary athlete who was best described to me as a "world-class athlete" when he was coming out of Fenwick High School in Chicago. Maggette does chin-ups on the rim and can finish with style and authority, often leaving onlookers stunned. If you're an NBA general manager with one of the top three picks, you have to carefully consider taking Maggette because he has electrifying talent and ability. Essentially, for just under $10 million, you get a shot at a Vince Carter/Dominique Wilkins-type leaper who could turn into a superstar.
However, Maggette is not without questions, although most of them are a little nit-picky considering his potential. He does not have a consistent perimeter shot, but showed he could hit his line-drive jumper. He is not a great handler and does not make great decisions, but he was just a freshman playing on a veteran team that did not require his minutes. He was not a starter, but so what? He was better than the guy in front of him.
The question I have with Maggette is, how does he perform under pressure? Maggette played all of about 20 minutes in college with the game on the line, and never had to take any meaningful shots. Almost every minute he was on the floor, his team led by at least double figures. He did not dominate in college, because he never had to. Could he have dominated as a freshman? We'll never know. I do know that I would hate to be the guy that passes on Maggette and has to explain it in five years."
-- ESPN's Jay Bilas
Weight: 215 pounds
(Nov. 12, 1979)
Birthplace: Melrose Park, Ill.
Career highlightsEarly-entry candidate for the 1999 NBA draft after one season at Duke
Named to ACC All-Rookie team and All-ACC Tournament second team in his only season of college basketball
Ranked fourth on team in scoring at 10.6 ppg, one of only six players under Coach Mike Krzyzewski to average in double figures as a freshman
Twice named ACC Rookie of the Week
College highlightsPlayed in 39 games with three starts, averaging 17.7 mpg
Was fourth on team in assists (1.5 apg) and tied for fourth in rebounding (3.9 rpg)
Shot .525 from the field including .345 from three-point range and was .716 from the foul line
Averaged 14.3 ppg in ACC tournament, including career-high 24 points vs. North Carolina State on March 6
Averaged 8.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 1.5 apg in six NCAA Tournament games
Scored in double figures 21 times, including 18 of last 31 games and nine of last 15
Had 20 or more points four times
Led or tied for team lead in scoring and rebounding three times each, assists twice
Averaged 11.1 ppg in last 14 games, making 35 of his last 61 shots (.574)
Had at least one steal 25 times, at least one block 11 times and at least one three-pointer 19 times
Gabbed career-high 11 rebounds vs. North Carolina on Feb. 27
Handed out career-high six assists vs. UNC-Greensboro on Dec. 30
Blocked career-high three shots vs. Kentucky on Dec. 22
One of only six freshman under coach Mike Krzyzewski to average in double
figures in scoring, with Johnny Dawkins, Mark Alarie, Grant Hill and fellow 1999
NBA draft hopefuls Trajan Langdon and Elton Brand
At Fenwick High School
Three-time Parade All-American at Fenwick H.S in Bellwood, IL, where he earned four letters in basketball and two in track
Four-time all-league, three-time all-state, three-time league MVP
MVP of Wendy's Classic as a senior after scoring 35 points and grabbing 18 rebounds
Had 15 points and 10 rebounds in Capital Classic, five points and seven assists in 1998 McDonald's All-America Game
Averaged 25.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists for senior team that went 27-4, including league's first-ever undefeated campaign
Scored over 2,800 points in high school, a school record
Also was state track finalist in long jump and triple jump
|Three-point field goals: 1998-99, 29-for-84 (.345).