In the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft, Connecticut's Kemba Walker, Providence's Marshon Brooks and Marquette's Jimmy Butler were selected.
Walker went at #9 to the Charlotte Bobcats.
Brooks went at # 25 to the Boston Celtics (and then was instantly shipped off to the New Jersey Nets).
Butler went at #30 to the Chicago Bulls.
Then the second round happened...
No Big East selections. Then to see if anybody was still actually paying attention the NBA teams drafted people that completely baffled ESPN.
The Los Angeles Lakers at # 56
D-League prospect Chukwudiebere "Chu Chu" Maduabum with the No. 56 pick, drawing guffaws from ESPN's panel. "Tough to crack the Bakersfield Jam rotation," Jay Bilas quipped with erudite snark.
Congolese player Targuy Ngombo was taken at #57 by the Portland Trailblazers. Or maybe it was the Dallas Mavericks. It was the Mavs who sold him to the Timberwolves. Well, the Qatar league is known for their nurturing of NBA talent, don't you know that?!
But wait, the Lakers weren't done. They used the #58 pick to select wait for it, wait for it, former UConn Husky Ater Majok. Majok averaged 2.3 points per game, 3 rebounds per game and 1.6 blocks per game for the Huskies in 2009-2010. He then left the team and ended up in Australia where he racked up 2.8 points per game, 2.3 rebounds per game and .7 blocks per game for the Gold Coast Blaze.
The Spurs took a guy from Hungary, Adam Hanga, at #59.
The very last pick of the 2011 NBA Draft: Isaiah Thomas of Washington.
What did we just witness?