June 25, 2010

Notre Dame, Ind. – Three-time All-American Luke Harangody (Schererville, Ind.) was selected by the Boston Celtics as the 52nd pick overall in the second round of the 2010 National Basketball Association Draft. Harangody becomes the first player since Ryan Humphrey in 2002 and the third player under head coach Mike Brey to be chosen in the NBA draft.

Troy Murphy was the first-ever NBA pick under Brey as he was taken 14th overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 2001 draft. Humphrey was selected a year later as the 19th overall pick by the Utah Jazz.

Harangody was one of 11 BIG EAST players taken in the draft. Four players were drafted in the first round: Wesley Johnson of Syracuse (4th overall pick by Minnesota); Greg Monroe of Georgetown (9th overall pick by Detroit); Dominique Jones of USF (25th overall pick by Memphis); and Lazar Hayward of Marquette (30th pick overall by Washington).

In addition to Harangody, six other BIG EAST players were chosen in the second round: Andy Rautins of Syracuse (38th overall by New York Knicks); Lance Stephenson of Cincinnati (40th overall by Indiana); Da’Sean Butler of West Virginia (42nd pick overall by Miami); Devan Ebanks of West Virginia (43rd pick overall by Los Angeles); Hamady Ndiaye of Rutgers (56th pick overall by Minnesota); and Stanley Robinson of Connecticut (59th overall by Orlando).

Notre Dame’s first three-time Associated Press All-American since Kevin O’Shea from 1948-50, Harangody led Notre Dame in scoring and rebounding for the third straight season in 2009-10 as he averaged 21.8 points and 9.1 rebounds. He finished his career with 2,476 points and 1,222 rebounds and ranks as the second-most productive player in the 105-year history of the Irish basketball program in each of those two categories. He is the only player in Notre Dame history to score more than 2,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds.

One of just 11 players in BIG EAST history to earn first team all-conference honors three times, he concluded his career third on the league’s all-time career scoring (1,329 points) and second in career rebounding (662). The 2008 BIG EAST Player of the Year was on pace to become the league’s all-time leader in both of those categories, but missed five regular-season games after suffering a deep bone bruise on his right knee in mid-February. He averaged 20.4 points and 10.2 rebounds in 65 career league outings to become the only player in BIG EAST history to post career averages of 20.0 points and 10.0 rebounds.

A consensus second team All-American, Harangody, in addition to earning third-team AP All-America honors, garnered second-team honors from the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) and was a third-team honoree by both the State Farm/National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and The Sporting News.