SAN ANTONIO (June 26, 2008) -
The San Antonio Spurs announced today that they selected George Hill
with the 26th overall pick and James Gist
with the 57th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. In addition, San Antonio traded the draft rights of Goran Dragic to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Malik Hairston
, who was selected by the Suns with the 48th overall pick, Golden State’s 2009 second-round pick and cash considerations.
Hill, a 6-2 guard, spent the past four years at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Last season he was named the Summit League Player of the Year, earned First Team All-Conference honors and was named an Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press. Hill led the Summit League and ranked 16th nationally in scoring with 21.5 points per game while shooting .545 from the field (195-245) and .450 (49-109) from three-point range. He averaged 6.8 rebounds – posting nine double-doubles, 4.3 assists and 1.78 steals in 32 games. Hill scored in double figures in all 32 games, finishing with 20 or more points 16 times, and topped the 30-point mark in seven contests. He appeared in just five games as a junior before missing the rest of the season with a broken foot. As a sophomore Hill earned First Team All-Conference honors, averaging a team-high 18.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 3.6 assists. He was named to the league All-Newcomer Team as a freshman. For his career Hill appeared in 95 games for the Jaguars, averaging 17.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.63 steals.
Hairston, a 6-6 forward, spent four seasons at the University of Oregon. He earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 honors his sophomore and senior seasons. In his final season with Ducks he averaged a team-high 16.3 points and 4.8 rebounds while handing out 2.1 assists per game. He also ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in three-point shooting connecting on 43.3 percent (52-120) of his shots from behind the arc and scored 20 or more points 11 times. As a sophomore Hairston led the Ducks in scoring, averaging 15.0 points and ranked second on the team in rebounding (4.7 rpg). He was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team after starting in all 27 games, averaging 13.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists. During his four years at Oregon, he averaged 14.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists while shooting .504 (612-1,214) from the field and .395 (145-367) from long range.
The Spurs used the 57th overall pick to select Gist out of the University of Maryland. Last season the 6-9 forward was named to the All-ACC Second Team and ACC All-Defensive Team after finishing eighth in ACC in scoring (15.9 ppg), fourth in rebounding (7.9 rpg), third in field goal percentage (.496, 194-391) and second in blocks (2.33 bpg). As a junior Gist earned All-ACC Honorable Mention after averaging 12.6 points and 7.2 rebounds. For his career the four-year letterman appeared in 130 games with the Terps, averaging 10.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.77 blocks.