Trail Blazers Press Release

Trail Blazers Sign First Round Picks Damian Lillard and Meyers Leonard

07/13/12
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    PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Trail Blazers have signed rookies Damian Lillard and Meyers Leonard, it was announced today by General Manager Neil Olshey. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
     
    The Trail Blazers selected Lillard, 21, with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. A four-year guard from Weber State, Lillard averaged 18.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.25 steals during his collegiate career. The two-time Big Sky Conference MVP and Oakland, Calif., native placed second in the nation in scoring last season with 24.6 points per game (46.7% FG), earning Associated Press All-American Third Team honors.
     
    Taken by Portland with the 11th overall pick in this year’s draft, Leonard, 20, posted averages of 13.6 points (58.4% FG), 8.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.88 blocks per game as a sophomore at Illinois last season. Leonard earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors while leading the conference in blocked shots and placing third in rebounds per game in 2011-12.

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