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Thybulle picked in first round of NBA draft, traded to Philadelphia

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Thybulle picked in first round of NBA draft, traded to Philadelphia

Matisse Thybulle dunks the ball against USC on Jan. 30. 

Matisse Thybulle became the eighth Washington men’s basketball player taken in the first round of the NBA draft since 2010, going to Boston Celtics with the 20th overall pick.

The Celtics immediately traded Thybulle to the Philadelphia 76ers for the 24th and 33rd picks in the draft, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Thybulle, who won the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award this past season as a senior, led the nation with 126 steals, breaking Jason Kidd’s single-season Pac-12 record in the process. In the UW’s Pac-12 Tournament loss to Oregon, he broke Gary Payton’s Pac-12 career steals record, and finished his time on Montlake with 331 steals.

He also ended his career with 185 blocks, one shy of the UW program record.

With the pick, Washington has had a player taken in the first round of six of the past nine drafts.

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