Chicago Bulls Take Hutchison 22nd

Former Bronco guard Chandler Hutchison was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the first round (22nd overall) of the NBA Draft Thursday night in Brooklyn, N.Y., at the Barclays Center.

Hutchison’s selection marks the first first-round pick for the Boise State men’s basketball program in school history. He is the 13th first-round pick in Mountain West history, and the highest pick from the conference since Rashad Vaughn (UNLV) was selected No. 17 by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2015.

“I couldn’t be happier for Chandler and his family,” head Leon Rice said. “To see years of hard work culminate in a moment like tonight is truly something special. The Chicago Bulls are getting an unselfish, versatile player who will not only be a tremendous addition on the court, but will also be an individual who makes a positive impact in the community of Chicago. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Chandler as he starts his professional career with a first-class organization like the Bulls.”

Hutchison is the seventh Bronco to ever be taken in the NBA Draft, joining: Roberto Bergersen (1999), Vince Hinchen (1984), Larry McKinney (1981), Steve Connor (1978), Clyde Dickey (1974) and Bill Otey (1970).

Bergersen was the program’s previous highest pick, as he was taken 52nd by the Atlanta Hawks in the second round.

The Mission Viejo, Calif., native was also the third-highest player drafted who also earned an undergraduate degree prior to the NBA Draft. Mikal Bridges (10th) and Grayson Allen (21st) were the only other players who were drafted before Hutchison in the first round who are also college graduates.

Boise State is also now one of a handful of schools to have a first-round pick in both the NFL and NBA Drafts, as Leighton Vander Esch was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round (19th overall). There has only been one other school in Mountain West history to accomplish the feat, as Utah saw Alex Smith (NFL Draft) and Andrew Bogut (NBA Draft) both go in the first round in 2005.

Hutchison will join James Webb III as the two active Broncos in the NBA. Webb III played the majority of the 2017-18 season in the G League for the Long Island Nets, but was called up to the Brooklyn Nets for 10 games where he averaged 12.0 minutes per game.

Hutchison begins his NBA career coming off a 2017-18 senior season where he averaged 20.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game in leading the Broncos to a 23-9 record and a second-place finish in the Mountain West.

He finished his Bronco career tied for first in career wins (87) while also reaching the school career top-10 lists in both points (1,478 – 9th) and rebounds (672 – 6th). His 13 career 20-point, 10-rebound games and 22 career double-doubles also puts him first and third, respectively, in Boise State school history.

The 2017-18 campaign saw Hutchison earn All-Mountain West First Team, USBWA All-District VIII and NABC All-District 17 First Team honors for the second-straight season. His 44 points against San Diego State (Jan. 13) gave him the single-game scoring record and later that week he was named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association National Player of the Week.

His senior year also saw him become the first Boise State player in school history to lead a team in points, rebounds, assists and steals, and ended the 2017-18 season as just one of two players in NCAA Division I to accomplish the feat.

Furthermore, Hutchison’s averages in points, rebounds, assists and steals in 2017-18 make him just the second player in NCAA Division I since 2009-10 to finish a season averaging at least 20.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game, joining Evan Turner (2009-10, Ohio State).

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