After months of speculation we have an answer as Isaiah Canaan was chosen with the 34th pick by the Houston Rockets in the 2013 NBA Draft hosted at the Barclay’s Center. The wait for the Racer point guard was over three hours but finally he heard his name be announced from NBA commissioner in waiting Adam Silver. This marks the 15th time for the Ohio Valley Conference in modern draft history a player has been drafted.
As a senior at Murray State, Canaan was part of the winning class in Murray State history winning 106 games in his four year career. He leaves Murray State as the all time leader in three point makes, became the sixth member to score 2,000 points in a career, was a two-time OVC Player of the Year, and was a All-American his junior year.
Canaan’s selection puts him as the second highest selected Racer behind Jeff Martin who went 31st in the 1989 draft. He becomes the 21st Murray State player drafted in the NBA, and the first since Marcus Brown was taken in 1996 by the Portland Trailblazers.
Canaan’s selection ties him as the fifth highest drafted OVC player since the advent of the two-round draft behind Martin, former Tennessee State forward Carlos Rogers who was selected with the 11th pick in the 1994 draft, Trenton Hassell who was 29th in 2001, and just behind former Morehead State forward Kenneth Faried who was selected 22nd in 2011. Austin Peay’s Bubba Wells was also the 34th pick back in 1997.
According to WPSD Local 6, Rockets GM Daryl Morey said that he expects Canaan to begin the season with Rio Grande Valley of the NBA D-league.
Here’s reaction from Canaan after being drafted: