Richmond, VA (WWBT)- Entering the NBA Draft it was almost a certainty that Justin Harper would hear his name called. The only questions were with what pick and by what team. After the first round came and went without being selected, Harper did not have to wait long in the second round to learn his professional future.
Harper was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 32nd overall pick, the second selection of the second round. His night was not done, however, as he ended up with the Orlando Magic by way of a trade by night's end.
The Richmond forward watched the draft at his home in Richmond, surrounded by friends and family, and this is just the latest chapter in a very exciting year for Harper. He led the Spiders with 17.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 31.8 minutes per game. He also posted a solid field goal percentage of .534. Harper was a main component in Richmond's Sweet 16 run during the 2011 in the NCAA Tournament.
"Just to see it all come together right in front you on TV with your family... I wouldn't have it any other way," Harper said after he was selected. "It's probably the best felling I've had to this point besides graduating from college. This is right up there and it's like your dream coming true right in front of your face. There's nothing like it"