Steven Adams, the 7-foot center who spent one season at Pitt, was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder with 12th overall pick in the first round of the NBA draft tonight.
Adams is the fifth Pitt player to be selected in the first round of the NBA draft and the first since Vonteego Cummings in 1999. The other Panthers taken in round 1 were Charles Smith and Jerome Lane in 1988 and Eric Mobley in 1994.
Adams is the fifth player coached by Jamie Dixon to be selected in the draft, following DeJuan Blair and Sam Young (second round in 2009), Aaron Gray (second round in 2007) and Chris Taft (second round in 2005).
Ray Fittipaldo: email@example.com and Twitter @rayfitt1 First Published June 28, 2013 1:15 AM