- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2011

PORTLAND, ORE. (AP) - The Portland Trail Blazers selected point guard Nolan Smith out of Duke with the 21st selection in Thursday night’s NBA draft.

Smith, at 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, averaged 20.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists for the Blue Devils last season.

Smith declared himself eligible for last year’s draft after Duke won the NCAA title, but ultimately decided to stay with the Blue Devils for his senior year.

He is the son of the late Derek Smith, who played on Louisville’s 1980 NCAA championship team before a nine-year NBA career.



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