Stanford Cardinal KZ Okpala selected in the NBA draft

Cardinal basketball forward KZ OKPALA was selected with the 32nd overall pick of the NBA Draft.

KZ Okpala.
KZ Okpala

“We are so happy for KZ,” Stanford head coach JEROD HAASE said. “This is such a special time for him as he realizes his dream of playing in the NBA. We look forward to watching him excel at the next stage and wish him and his family all the best.”

The Phoenix Suns selected Okpala, but then traded the draft rights to Okpala to the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers later traded the draft rights to the Miami Heat.

Okpala is the 38th overall NBA draft selection from Stanford. He is the first Cardinal to be drafted since Anthony Brown’s selection by the Los Angeles Lakers (34th overall) in 2015.

Okpala also became the youngest player in program history to be selected in the NBA draft. He joined Brook and Robin Lopez as the only sophomores from Stanford to be picked in the NBA Draft. At 20 years and one month old at the time, Okpala is a month younger than Brook (10th overall) and Robin (15th overall) were when they were selected in the first round of the 2008 NBA draft.

He joins Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks), Robin Lopez (Chicago Bulls), Dwight Powell (Dallas Mavericks) and Chasson Randle (Washington Wizards) as former Stanford players in the NBA.

Read the full article on the Stanford Athletics website.