Kentucky's Bledsoe Drafted In 1st Round By Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma City Thunder have selected

Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe with the 18th overall pick in the NBA


Bledsoe became the fourth Kentucky player taken in the draft

after the Wildcats spent most of last season as the No. 1-ranked

team in the nation.

The 6-foot-1 freshman set a school record with eight 3-pointers

while scoring a career-high 29 points in Kentucky's win against

East Tennessee State in the NCAA tournament.

Bledsoe joins a backcourt that features Russell Westbrook, Thabo

Sefolosha and last year's first-round pick, James Harden.

The Thunder are coming off a season with a 27-win improvement

that ended with a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round

of the playoffs.

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