Huestis, Powell selected in 2014 NBA Draft June 27, 2014 0 Comments Share tweet Ashley Westhem Senior Staff Writer By: Ashley Westhem | Senior Staff Writer Josh Huestis and Dwight Powell, not even one month after graduation, became the first Cardinal players to be taken in the NBA Draft since Landry Fields was picked in the second round by the New York Knicks in 2010. Congrats @jhuestis (http://t.co/KdrTb0Fc5x) and @DwightPowell33 (http://t.co/fKFftCuLrz). Rep #NerdNation in the NBA! pic.twitter.com/WZLi3JDUIS — Stanford Men’s Hoops (@stanfordbball) June 27, 2014 Josh Huestis (above) on Thursday night became the first Stanford player to be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft since Robin and Brook Lopez in 2008. Huestis will join an Oklahoma City Thunder squad that made the Western Conference Finals in 2014. (MIKE KHEIR/The Stanford Daily) Huestis was picked 29th overall in the first round by the Oklahoma City Thunder, while Powell was taken in the second round by the Charlotte Bobcats, then later traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Huestis, from Great Falls, Montana, is the 12th player in school history to have been drafted in the first round and is the first since Brook and Robin Lopez in 2008. In his senior season, the 6-foot-7 forward averaged 11.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, shooting .451 from the field. He finished his time on the Farm with the program record for career blocks with 190. Huestis is also eighth in program history in career rebounds at 834 and second in games played at 134. Powell holds the record for games played at 136. Huestis, a tenacious defender, led his team against Kansas University in the third round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, shutting down the 2014 No.1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins to help secure Stanford’s place in the Sweet 16. An All-Pac-12 Defensive Team selection for three years, Huestis brings to OKC the versatility to guard multiple positions and the length to protect the rim in spite of his relatively small stature. He brings the ability to not only help on the defensive end, but to contribute offensively by knocking down mid-range jumpers and converting from behind the arc. Presti on Josh Huestis: “Winning qualities, tremendous length, able to guard multiple positions, low mistake player on defensive end.” — OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) June 27, 2014 Jake Gimbel Award, given to the senior with the best competitive attitude. Athletic success runs in the family, as Huestis’ brother Christian Dean, a soccer player at Cal, was drafted third overall to play Major League Soccer. Excited about what the future holds for Dwight Powell and Josh Huestis- we believe in what they can do on the next level #gostanford — Johnny Dawkins (@Coach_Dawkins) June 24, 2014 During his junior year, Powell averaged a team-high 14.9 points to go along with 8.4 rebounds per game. He was the only Pac-12 player to be ranked among the conference’s top 10 in both scoring and rebounding. Powell returned for his senior season to fulfill a promise to his late mother, who battled with cancer. The Toronto, Ontario native was a two-time All-Pac-12 First Team honoree, and was named the Pac-12 Most Improved Player of the Year after his junior season. Powell was also recognized as a Preseason Wooden Award candidate heading into his senior season. He concluded his four years on the Farm with the legacy of being a well-rounded player, finishing seventh in blocks, ninth in steals and 18th in assists in program history. The 6-foot-10 power forward ended his senior year in the 2014 NCAA Tournament with upsets over New Mexico and Kansas to help earn Stanford its fifth Sweet 16 appearance. Powell averaged 14 points and 6.9 rebounds per game on .462 shooting during his senior season. A team captain alongside Huestis, Powell received the athletic department’s Bill Walsh Leadership Award. The duo of Huestis and Powell led the Cardinal to a 23-13 overall record this past season. They are the 30th and 31st NBA Draft picks in program history. Stanford has had 11 NBA Draft selections since 2000, good for third best among Pac-12 schools. This year, Stanford has seen 18 student-athletes drafted to play their sports professionally, with two athletes headed to the WNBA, two to the NBA, six to the NFL and eight to the MLB. Between @NBA (2), @NFL (6), @WNBA (2), @MLB (8), Stanford had 18 student-athletes drafted this year. All 14 seniors in that group graduated. — Kurt Svoboda (@ksvoboda) June 27, 2014 Contact Ashley Westhem at awesthem ‘at’ stanford.edu. brook lopez Dwight Powell Josh Huestis Landry Fields Robin Lopez 2014-06-27 Ashley Westhem June 27, 2014 0 Comments Share tweet Subscribe Click here to subscribe to our daily newsletter of top headlines.