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Yankton native Colton Iverson selected in the NBA Draft


BROOKLYN , N.Y.  (KWSN) – Colorado State senior center Colton Iverson was selected Thursday night by the Indiana Pacers with the No. 53 overall pick in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft. His rights were traded moments later to the Boston Celtics. Iverson becomes the 21st player in program history to be taken in the league’s annual selection process.

Iverson, a native of Yankton, S.D., who transferred to Colorado State following his junior season (2010-11) at Minnesota, made the most of his one year on the court for the Rams, leading CSU to one of the best seasons in program history in 2012-13. The Rams won a school-record 26 games and advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament, before being knocked out by eventual national champion Louisville.

Behind the play of Iverson, the Rams boasted one of the nation’s top rebounding attacks and most efficient offenses. Iverson ranked ninth nationally in field-goal percentage (.556), and Colorado State ranked as a top-50 scoring offense, averaging 72.9 points per contest. Iverson averaged a team-high 14.2 points per game, and notched 14 double-doubles on the year, good enough for 20th in the NCAA.

On the glass, Iverson was the No. 20 rebounder in the country, pulling down a Mountain West leading 9.8 boards per game. As a team, the Rams led the NCAA in rebounding margin, out-boarding opponents by an average of nearly 12 rebounds per game.

Iverson’s impact was also felt on the defensive end of the floor, as the 7-foot center posted a team-leading 25 blocks and altered countless other shots, while routinely shutting down opponents inside the paint.

Iverson is the first player from Colorado State selected in the NBA draft since Kersey, Colo., native Jason Smith – a five-year NBA veteran now with the New Orleans Pelicans - was selected No. 20 overall in the 2007 draft by the Miami Heat. 

Iverson’s father Chuck, who starred at South Dakota from 1969-73, was selected in both the NBA and ABA drafts in 1973 by the Seattle SuperSonics (fifth round) and the Memphis Tams (10th round), respectively.

He was the fourth Mountain West  player drafted on the evening, joining UNLV’s Anthony Bennett who was taken No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers, New Mexico’s Tony Snell (No. 20 by Chicago) and San Diego State’s Jamaal Franklin (No. 41 by Memphis).

Courtesy: Colorado State University