BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The two newest members of the Indiana Pacers were revealed at the 2018 NBA Draft on Thursday night.
With their first-round selection (23rd overall), the Pacers chose UCLA point guard Aaron Holiday. Following Holiday, Indiana nabbed Missouri State power forward Alize Johnson with their second-round pick (50th overall). Holiday is expected to be introduced in Indy on Friday.
Holiday, the younger brother of the New Orleans Pelicans‘ Jrue Holiday and Chicago Bulls‘ Justin Holiday, is coming off of a stellar junior season at UCLA.
The 21-year-old led the Pac-12 in scoring at 20.3 points per game, in addition to averaging 5.8 assists and 3.7 rebounds. He also shot 43% from three-point range. Holiday was named All-Pac-12 First Team and was the first UCLA player to lead the conference in scoring since Pacers legend Reggie Miller did it in 1985-86.
Holiday will be the fourth UCLA Bruin on the Indiana’s roster – joining Darren Collison, 2017 first-round selection T.J. Leaf and 2017 second-round selection Ike Anigbogu.
In round number two, the Blue and Gold picked up Johnson out of the Missouri Valley Conference’s Missouri State University.
Johnson played two seasons with the Bears, averaging a double-double of 14.9 points and 11.1 rebounds a night. The 6’9” big man was a two-time MVC First Team selection and was named the conference’s Newcomer of the Year in his junior season.
He is the first Missouri State product to be selected in the NBA Draft since Winston Garland was picked 40th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1987.