Mar 9, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Dion Waiters (3) defends an inbound pass by Cincinnati Bearcats guard Dion Dixon (3) during the second half of the semifinals at the Big East Tournament held at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
There was talk that he was beginning to fly up draft boards as the draft drew closer and the now that talk has been confirmed. Syracuse guard Dion Waiters was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Waiters will have a chance to step in and play right away for a Cleveland team that needs players everywhere, but has a nice young backcourt partner for him in last year's number one pick Kyrie Irving (the NBA Rookie Of The Year).
Waiters is the first non-SEC player to be drafted this year after Kentucky's Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist went first and second, followed by Florida's Bradley Beal at the third pick. Waiters averaged 12.6 points and 2.5 assists per game this year on a Syracuse team that was undefeated for much of the regular season and fell just short of reaching the Final Four.
Waiters is the first of what should be several Big East players to be drafted tonight.