Former Oakland point guard Kay Felder was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks with the 54th overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft and reportedly traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Felder was the 2015-16 Horizon League Player of the Year and a third team All-American selection after averaging 24.4 points and a nation-leading 9.3 assists.
The 5-foot-9 Felder is the fourth player below 5-foot-10 to be selected in the NBA Draft since 1990. Former Kentucky guard Tyler Ulis, who is 5-foot-9 as well, was also drafted Thursday to the Phoenix Suns with the 34th pick.
Felder is the first Oakland player selected in the NBA Draft since forward Keith Benson in 2011. Felder is the first Horizon League player drafted since former Green Bay center Alec Brown in 2014.
In Cleveland, Felder joins the world’s greatest player in LeBron James, a three-time NBA champion and four-time MVP. With the big three of James, power forward Kevin Love and point guard Kyrie Irving returning, the Cavaliers will be title contenders once again in 2017.