Nets pick Thomas, acquire rights to Sharpe late in 1st round of draft


Cameron Thomas answers questions during an interview after being selected 27th overall by the Brooklyn Nets during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Corey Sipkin)

NEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets took LSU’s Cameron Thomas on Thursday with the No. 27 pick in the NBA draft, adding the SEC’s leading scorer to their high-powered roster.

The Nets then added North Carolina center Day’Ron Sharpe after acquiring the rights to the No. 29 pick from Phoenix in a pending trade.

Thomas averaged 23 points last season as a freshman.

Only Pete Maravich, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf and Bob Pettit ever averaged more in their first seasons at LSU.

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