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Augustine and Brown Chosen in 2006 NBA Draft
CHAMPAIGN, IL — The Illinois basketball program had its all-time winningest players selected in the second round of the 2006 NBA Draft on Wednesday evening. After totaling 114 wins during their Illini career, senior James Augustine (Mokena, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central H.S.) was chosen by the Orlando Magic with the 41st overall pick, while fellow senior Dee Brown (Maywood, Ill./Proviso East H.S.) was taken by the Utah Jazz with the 46th overall pick. Brown will be reuniting with close friend and former Illini teammate Deron Williams in Utah, as Williams was selected No. 3 by the Jazz in last year's draft.
Augustine was a first-team All-Big Ten selection as a senior, ranking second on the Illini in scoring with an average of 13.6 points. He led the team in both field goal shooting and rebounding, ranking fourth in the nation in field goal percentage at 62.4 percent (174-279) and ranking third in the Big Ten in rebounding, averaging 9.1 boards. Augustine scored in double figures 28 times and equaled his career high three times during the season with 23 points vs. Xavier (Dec. 3), 23 vs. Michigan (Jan. 14) and 23 at Michigan (Feb. 21). He had 12 double-doubles on the year and tied his career high in rebounding with 15 vs. Michigan State on March 10.
A model of consistency throughout his UI tenure, Augustine became the first player in Illini history and just the 12th player in Big Ten history to record over 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. Augustine finishes his career ranked 17th on the UI scoring list (1,383 points) and is the school's all-time leader in field goal shooting (534-865, 61.7 percent) and rebounding (1,023). He played in 137 games during his career, tied with Brown for the most in school history, and started 131 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in UI history. Augustine also leaves the UI tied for second in school history in career starts (134), ranked fourth in career blocked shots (139), eighth in career free throws (309) and minutes played (3,717) and 10th in career steals (141).
Brown was a consensus second-team All-American during his senior season and won the Bob Cousy Award as the nation's most outstanding point guard. He topped the Illini in five statistical categories during the 2005-06 season, leading the team in scoring (14.2 ppg), assists (5.8 apg), steals (1.6 spg), minutes (35.8 mpg) and free throw shooting (75.7 percent). He scored in double figures 24 times, with seven games of 20+ points, and led the Illini in scoring in 15 games. Brown scored a career-high 34 points vs. Michigan State in the Big Ten opener on Jan. 5, marking the highest scoring total by a UI player in eight years. Brown led the Big Ten in assists and totaled 191 assists on the season, which ranks fifth on the all-time Illinois single-season list.
Arguably the most popular athlete in Illini basketball history and the face of college basketball the past two seasons, Brown has clearly left his mark on the program. His name is all over the Illinois record book, as he has played the most minutes (4,698), played the most games (137) and started the most games (136) of any player in school history. Brown ranks third on the Illini all-time scoring chart with 1,812 career points, is second in school history in career 3-pointers (299), career assists (674) and career steals (231), and is third in career field goals (638). His career assists total ranks fifth in Big Ten history, while his career 3-pointers and career steals totals rank sixth in Big Ten history.
This marks the second straight year that the Illini have had two players drafted and the fourth time in the last five years that the Illini have been represented in the NBA Draft. Illinois has had a total of seven players drafted since 2002, which leads the Big Ten and is the third-highest total of any program in the nation over the last five years.
Story courtesy the University of Illinois
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