The NBA Draft was underway in Brooklyn on Thursday night and despite being national champions, 60 names were called–none of them belonging to a Villanova Wildcat.
It was the first time since 2010 that a team, fresh off of a national championship title run, did not have a single draftee. The previous team being Mike Krzyzewski’s Duke Blue Devils.
However, it didn’t take long for Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu to find their homes in the NBA.
Arcidiacono signed onto the San Antonio Spurs shortly after the conclusion of the NBA draft, in a partially guaranteed deal. His contract entails a two-year deal with the Spurs. As for Ochefu, the 6-11 center also nabbed a deal overnight, joining the Washington Wizards.
The Spurs currently have long-time starter Tony Parker, veterans Patty Mills, Andre Miller, newly drafted Dejounte Murray (Washington) on their roster at the point guard position.
Washington has a crowded frontcourt with Markieff Morris, Jared Dudley, and J.J. Hickson. At the center position, the Wizards have Marcin Gortat, Nene, and Drew Gooden. But of course, these frontcourt positions are flexible.
Arcidiacono finished his four-year career on the Main Line with 1,604 points and 535 assists. He was named Co-Big East Player of the Year in his junior season and Final Four Most Outstanding Player this past year.
Meanwhile, Ochefu had 1,015 points and 929 rebounds over a four-year time span at Villanova. He had been known for his role as a rim protector and steadily improved on the offensive end with each passing year.
As undrafted free agents, they will have to earn a spot on their respective teams’ roster this summer through the summer league and training camp practices. Their first step will be in the Las Vegas Summer League. Both the Spurs and the Wizards will be playing on July 9. San Antonio plays Golden State, while Washington will clash with the Utah Jazz.