Tooltip

Houston Rockets select Cam Whitmore from Villanova with the 20th overall pick.

By- USA NATIONAL POST

Off-white Banner

Cam Whitmore will start his career as a professional basketball player in Houston after a longer wait than initially anticipated.

1

Off-white Banner

Whitmore dropped on draft day after initially being projected to go in the top 10.

2

Off-white Banner

When he was selected 20th overall in the 2023 NBA Draft on Thursday night in Brooklyn, the 6-foot-7 wing at last heard his name.

3

Off-white Banner

In his lone season on the Main Line, Whitmore averaged 12.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game after missing the first seven games of the 2022–23 campaign.

4

Off-white Banner

He was named the Big East's Freshman of the Year.

5

Off-white Banner

He is the Wildcats' most recent first-round pick since the Detroit Pistons selected Saddiq Bey in 2020, and he is Villanova's first pure one-and-done since Tim Thomas in 1997.

6

Off-white Banner

He is the Wildcats' most recent first-round pick since the Detroit Pistons selected Saddiq Bey in 2020, and he is Villanova's first pure one-and-done since Tim Thomas in 1997.

8

Off-white Banner

Whitmore displayed strong performance at the NBA Draft Combine and has the metrics to back it up. His maximum vertical leap was 40.5 inches, and his speed and agility tests were good. 

9

Off-white Banner

Despite the potential and a physically fit profile for the NBA, organizations felt that individual team exercises and interviews left something to be desired.

10