The Villanova Draft Drought reaches five years.
While the `Nova alum had workouts with six NBA teams, most recently the Cleveland Cavaliers, James Bell was not selected in the 2014 NBA Draft Thursday night. The Philadelphia 76ers had four second round picks and six overall, however the team went with other players.
One Wildcat was fortunate enough to leave the Barclays Center with a smile. Dylan Ennis was in attendance to see his brother Tyler Ennis (PG, Syracuse Orange) reach the podium wearing a Phoenix Suns hat. He was selected 18th overall.
The Big East ended up having a couple names called Thursday night. Unsurprisingly, former Creighton Bluejays SF Doug McDermott was selected with the No. 11 pick by the Denver Nuggets. His time with the Nuggets would be short-lived however, as the Chicago Bulls agreed on a trade to acquire the sharpshooter for the 16th and 19th overall picks. Rumors soon followed that McDermott will be used as bait for a sign-and-trade for Carmelo Anthony.
When it seemed like the inaugural Big East season would only produce one draftee, the Miami Heat used their 55th overall selection on Semaj Christon (PG, Xavier Musketeers). The Heat had acquired Shabazz Napier (PG, Connecticut Huskies) on the night from the Charlotte Hornets just seconds after he was picked 24th overall.
Bell's dream of going pro is not yet crushed. Hope is still alive in the NBA Summer League where he will get a chance to impress teams yet again.