After a breakout sophomore season for Virginia Tech, Nickeil Alexander-Walker made history tonight as the first Hokie selected in the first round of the NBA Draft since Dell Curry in 1986.
Sources: New Orleans has selected Nickeil Alexander-Walker with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 21, 2019
Alexander-Walker was selected 17th overall by the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft. Alexander-Walker is the third Hokie to be selected in the first round of a major professional basketball association draft joining the aforementioned Delly Curry and Allan Bristow, who was selected in the first round of the 1973 ABA Draft.
The Canadian star was impressive in his second and final season at Virginia Tech averaging 16.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.9 steals in 34.4 minutes per game while shooting 47.4% from the field, 37.4% from three-point range, and 77.8% from the free-throw line. Additionally, Alexander-Walker earned All-ACC Third Team honors while also being named to the Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 Watch List and earning Charleston Classic MVP honors early in the season.
Alexander-Walker is more of a classic two guard who has the length and skill set to play the three and is a really good off-the-ball player. While Alexander-Walker had some struggles being used as an on-ball offensive initiator when Justin Robinson was out, NAW did show plenty of potential and signs of improvement with NBA scouts and teams intrigued by his potential in that area.