Cory Carr Taken In Second Round|
June 25, 1998
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech's Cory Carr was traded to the World Champion Chicago Bulls soon after being selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the second round as the 49th overall pick of Wednesday's 1998 National Basketball Association draft.
Atlanta shipped Carr to Chicago for North Carolina point guard Shammond Williams and a 1999 second-round draft pick.
The 6-foot-3 Carr, taken as the 20th pick of the second round, led the Big 12 Conference in scoring the last two seasons. The Kingsland, Ark., product is the fourth Texas Tech player to be drafted in the past four years. Tony Battie was chosen fifth in the first round by Denver last year, Jason Sasser was a second-round pick by Sacramento in 1996 and Mark Davis was chosen by Minnesota in the second round in 1995.
"I think it's huge to be picked at all," Carr said. "There are only 58 picks in the entire draft and when you think of 300 (NCAA) teams with 13 or 14 players each...it's a huge accomplishment."
Carr, a first-team All-Big 12 selection last year, ended his Red Raider career as the third leading scorer at Texas Tech with 1,904 points. He started the last 55 games of his career and scored in double figures in his final 48 contests. Carr finished as Tech's all-time leading three-point shooter with 262 treys.
Meanwhile, Battie and draft pick Tyronn Lue from Nebraska were traded by Denver to the Los Angeles Lakers for Nick Van Exel. Battie entered the NBA draft after earning first-team All-Big 12 honors in 1996-97 with averages of 18.8 points and 11.8 rebounds.