The Los Angeles Lakers selected Wyoming forward Larry Nance Jr. with the No. 27 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Nance, 22, averaged a team-high 16.1 points and 7.2 rebounds for Wyoming as a senior, helping the Cowboys to the Mountain West Conference championship. Against San Diego State in the MWC title game, he led all players with 14 points and added six rebounds with three assists and two blocks.
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Mannix’s Analysis: First Jerian Grant, now Larry Nance Jr.—the sons of ex-NBA players are having a pretty good night. Nance Jr. was one of the standouts at the pre-draft combine and clearly his workouts went well. Nance Jr. isn’t a great shooter and doesn’t have great size for his position, but he’s well-rounded and plays with a lot of energy. He could develop into a decent bench player in Los Angeles. Still, the Lakers left some prospects with bigger upside—R.J. Hunter, Kevon Looney—on the board.