FAYETTEVILLE — Daniel Gafford, the El Dorado native starring the last two seasons for former Arkansas Basketball coach Mike Anderson’s Razorbacks, was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in Thursday night’s second round of the NBA draft.
Gafford, the 6-foot-11 center who declared himself turning pro before the Razorbacks concluded their 18-16 two rounds into the NIT and helped the 2017-18 Razorbacks to a 23-12 record and NCAA Tournament bid, for his two Razorbacks seasons averaged in 67 scored 955 points for a 14.3 average and averaged 7.4 rebounds with 494 total.
Gafford was named to the SEC’s All-Freshman team in 2017-2018 and consensus first-team All-SEC for 2018-2019.
He also was named to he 2018-2019 All-SEC Defensive team for his 65 shot-blocs and 151 deflections and was an Associated Press All-America honorable mention.
He was also named to the All-SEC defensive team (151 deflections, 65 blocks, 30 steals) and an AP All-America honorable mention and he blocked 76 shots as a freshman.
Gafford’s length and ability to run the floor would have made him a first-round draft choice but didn’t shoot 3-pointers which many NBA centers now do.
“He’s limited outside the paint, but he’s athletic, long, tough and very, very physical,” ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas said on ESPN’s televised draft coverage Thursday night. “In the second round, a solid pick for a big guy. Just a guy who’s not going to score much outside the paint.”