SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Iowa’s Keegan Murray is the newest member of the Sacramento Kings.
Sacramento drafted Murray with the fourth overall pick of the 2022 NBA Draft in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday night.
Murray, a forward, averaged 23.5 points per game for the Hawkeyes during the 2021-22 season. The Hawkeyes finished the season at 26-10 overall and 16-8 in the Big Ten Conference.
Iowa appeared in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament as the No. 5 seed, but was upset by 12th-seeded Richmond in the first round.
The Kings began draft day with two picks in the second round. By the end of the night, they had moved out of those picks.
Hours before the draft, the Kings traded their 49th second-round pick to Cleveland to acquire the rights for Bulgarian forward Sasha Vezenkov.
Sacramento then acquired two future second round picks from the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for the 37th overall pick, according to sources with knowledge of the swap. The Kings selected Jaden Hardy from G League Ignite for the Mavericks before the trade became official.
Those sources spoke to FOX40 on the condition of anonymity because the trade was not yet official.
Vezenkov, 26, was the 57th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and previously was a First-Team All-EuroLeague selection this past season.
During the 2021-22 campaign, Vezenkov averaged 14.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 67 games for the Olympiacos B.C. Venzenkov played for the Greek team for the past four seasons.