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Mavericks draft Purdue center A.J. Hammons in the second round

Purdue's A.J. Hammons was selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the NBA Draft Thursday night.
Purdue's A.J. Hammons was selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the NBA Draft Thursday night. AP

The Dallas Mavericks selected Purdue center A.J. Hammons in the second round of the NBA Draft Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

He was the 46th overall pick.

The Mavericks did not have a first-round pick.

The Mavericks like athletic player and found one in Hammons. The first-team All-Big team had an outstanding senior season by averaging 15 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game. He was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year.

He finished his career ranked 17th on the school's career scoring list (1,593 points), third in rebounds (930) and second in blocked shots (343).

The Gary, Ind., native attended high school at basketball-power Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) where he was named a McDonald’s All-American.

Now that the draft is over, the Mavericks will turn their attention to free agency.

Miami’s 7-foot center Hassan Whiteside will be the first player the Mavericks meet with when free agency opens at 11:01 p.m. CDT on June 30.

They are also expected to make a run at Houston’s Dwight Howard.

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