Late last night, the Cleveland Cavaliers provided statistical information on their first-round pick, forward Christian Eyenga out of the Republic of Congo.
He did average 13.3 points playing for a team out of Spain, which is much better than how he fared in Euroleague. The kid is young, too, at age 20.
“Christian is very athletic and shoots the ball very well. He has the potential to be a good NBA player,” Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry said. “We are excited to work with him, to see his development and help him grow as a player and a person.”
The Cavaliers also drafted forward Danny Green, who helped North Carolina win a national title this year, in the second round. If he makes the team, Green should see action in Erie, but since he’s a shooter, that makes him appealing to keep and develop.
Here’s an excerpt on both players. The full story can be found on Cleveland’s Web site.
Eyenga, 20, played in 25 games this season with CB Prat Juventud of Spain, averaging 13.3 points on .488 shooting, 5.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 30.3 minutes per game. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound forward from the Republic of Congo scored in double figures in 18 of their 25 games and topped the 20-point mark on two occasions. Eyenga also appeared in four Euroleague games with DKV Joventut Badalona, scoring three points in 16 minutes.
Green played all four seasons at North Carolina, playing in more games (145) and winning more games (123) than any Tar Heel in history. As a senior, the 6-foot-6, 210-pound guard/forward averaged 13.1 points on .471 shooting, including shooting .418 (77-184) from three-point range, 4.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocks
in 38 games (all starts) as North Carolina won the 2009 NCAA Championship.
He was named to the ACC All-Defensive Team, the All-ACC Third Team and the NCAA South Regional Tournament Team. The 22-year-old finished his college career as the only player in ACC history to tally at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 250 assists, 150 three-pointers, 150 blocks and 150 steals and is the only player in North Carolina
history to record 100 or more blocked shots and three-point field goals.