May 28, 2020
Ohio State guard Malaki Branham was selected 20th overall in the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs, marking the first time a Buckeye has been taken in the first round since D’Angelo Russell went second overall in 2015. Forward EJ Liddell was selected in the second round by the New Orleans Pelicans with the 41st pick overall.

Branham was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year this past season for the Buckeyes. He averaged 13.7 points per game while starting 31 of OSU’s 32 games. He shot 53.0% from two-point territory, 41.6% from three-point range, and made 83.3% of his free throws. In Big Ten play, he scored 16.3 points per game.

Branham scored at least 20 points in seven conference games this past season, with a career-high 35 points at Nebraska in January. Over his last 10 games this past season, Branham averaged 20.2 points per game.

He is the first Buckeye to be drafted by the Spurs since forward Deshaun Thomas in 2013.

Liddell averaged 19.4...

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Very surprised EJ was not drafted earlier. he was projected in the first round in every mock draft. Michael Redd here we come.
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