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Oni Selected No. 58 In NBA Draft

Miye Oni (Joe Murphy photo)
Miye Oni (Joe Murphy photo)

Picked By Golden State Warriors; Rights Rumored To Be Traded To Utah Jazz

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Miye Oni's professional basketball career will likely begin with the Utah Jazz. Oni was selected by the Golden State Warriors in the second round of Thursday's NBA Draft, but his rights were rumored to be traded to the Jazz. He was chosen 58th overall.

"This is an amazing feeling, and I'm so happy to have shared this moment with my family, who has been there for me since the beginning," said Oni, who watched the draft from his home in Northridge, Calif.

Oni enjoyed a remarkable career at Yale. He leaves 10th in school history with 1,308 career points, fourth all-time with 174 three-pointers, sixth with 91 blocks and 10th with 287 assists.

Oni became the third Bulldog to be named the Ivy League Player of the Year this winter after finishing among the league leaders in virtually every statistical category, including scoring (3rd, 17.1 ppg.), assists (3rd, 3.6 per game), free throw percentage (3rd, .793), assist/turnover ratio (3rd, 1.4), three-point field goals made (5th, 1.9 per game), blocks (t-6th, 1.3 per game) and rebounding (9th, 6.3 rpg.).

In addition, Oni was a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection for the second straight year, was named first team District 13 by the NABC and All-District I by the USBWA.

He scored in double figures in all but two games he appeared in, tallied at least 30 points three times, which was only two shy of the school record, and became only the fifth player at Yale to record back-to-back 30-point games (31 vs. Dartmouth, 35 vs. Princeton).

Oni helped lead Yale to a memorable season. The Bulldogs finished with a 22-8 overall record, won Ivy League regular season and tournament titles and nearly pulled off an upset in the NCAA Tournament before falling 79-74 to third-seeded LSU.

In his sophomore season, Oni was a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection and named to the NABC District 13 second team. He led the Bulldogs in scoring (15.1 ppg.), rebounding (6.0 rpg.) and assists (3.6 apg.).

In his rookie season, Oni earned second team All-Ivy recognition after tying for 10th in the league in scoring (12.9 ppg.), finishing fifth in rebounding (6.3 rpg.) and 10th in assists (2.7 per game). In his very first game at Yale, Oni had 24 points, six rebounds and three assists as Yale upset Markelle Fultz-led Washington 98-90 in Seattle.

Oni, a political science major at Yale, also excelled in the classroom. When he reflected on his time at Yale for yalebulldogs.com, he wrote, "Getting an Ivy League degree is one of the main reasons I chose to attend Yale, and in accordance with the University, I have made a concrete plan to finish my degree as soon as possible."

Oni becomes the first Bulldog to be drafted since Chris Dudley '87 was a fourth-round pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1987. Oni is Yale's highest selection since Tony Lavelli '49 was chosen by the Boston Celtics in the first round in 1949.

Oni hopes to become the fourth Bulldog to appear in an NBA game. Dudley played 16 seasons and 886 games between 1987 and 2003 with five franchises (Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trailblazers, New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns). Butch Graves appeared in four games with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1984-85, and Lavelli played two seasons – one for the Celtics (1949-50) and one for the New York Knicks (1950-51).

The last Ivy Leaguer selected in the NBA Draft was Jerome Allen (1995, 2nd round by Minnesota).

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Athletics Strategic Communications