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Detroit Pistons select Stanley Johnson, despite pre-draft projections

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It’s official. Former Arizona freshman forward Stanley Johnson is a member of the Detroit Pistons. The 2014-15 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year was taken with the eighth-overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft on Thursday, June 25. He was the Pistons’ only first-round draft selection since the franchise drafted Kentavious Caldwell-Pope back in 2013.

Detroit Free Press sports writer Vince Ellis released his official NBA draft lottery projections just five days before the draft. In his article, he attempted to predict which players were going to be chosen by the teams with the first 14 picks.

Although Ellis might not be too surprised by the Pistons’ first-round pick, he didn’t predict Johnson’s landing spot. He had the former Arizona Wildcat being taken by the Miami Heat with the 10th-overall pick. At No. 8, Ellis had the Pistons selecting Croatian small forward Mario Hezonja.

As everybody now knows, Hezonja was taken at No. 5 by the Orlando Magic. This left the Pistons with no choice but to take Johnson, their back-up option, at No. 8.

The Heat, of course, selected former Duke forward Justise Winslow at No. 10.

Stanley Johnson is a 6-foot-7, 245-pound forward from Fullerton, Calif. He attended Mater Dei High School before playing just one season at Arizona. During his tenure at Arizona, he racked up numerous accolades, including being named to the All-Pac-12 team and All-Freshman team for the Pac-12 Conference. He is 19 years old.

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David A. Shelmon was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area. Currently, he is an aspiring journalist who focuses primarily on sports. Basketball, in particular, is his specialty. He has written for the likes of AXS.com, Examiner.com and SB Nation-affiliate Hustle Belt. He hopes to expand his writing experience by joining Sports Out West.
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