Cal forward Sean Lampley, the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year, was drafted in the second round of the NBA Draft Wednesday by his hometown Chicago Bulls.
A graduate of St. Francis DeSales High School in Chicago, Lampley finished his Golden Bear career this past season as Cal’s all-time leading scorer with 1,776 points. As a senior, he was voted an honorable mention Associated Press All-American. He led the Pac-10 in scoring with 19.5 points per game, while also averaging 7.2 rpg and 3.3 apg.
The 6-foot-7, 225-pounder was a two-time All-Pac-10 selection and was voted Most Valuable Player of the 1999 National Invitation Tournament when he led the Bears to the title.
Taken with the 45th overall selection of the draft, Lampley was one of four players chosen by the Bulls Wednesday. Chicago also added high schoolers Tyson Chandler and Eddy Curry and shooting guard Trenton Hassell out of Austin Peay.
“He’s a real seasoned kind of college player,” TNT analyst Kenny Smith said of Lampley. “He knows his limitations. It’s a good pick. He’s going to be able to score in the NBA.”
Lampley is the first Cal player to be drafted since Sean Marks was taken in the second round of the 1998 draft by the New York Knicks.