Tennessee had never had three players selected in the same draft during the modern draft era.

It did Thursday.

Tennessee forward Grant Williams was drafted by the Boston Celtics with the 22nd overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday and Schofield was taken by the Philadelphia 76ers 20 picks later in the second round. Junior point guard Jordan Bone was selected by the New Orleans Pelicans with 57th overall pick in the second round.

The Washington Wizards own the draft rights to Schofield after making a trade with the 76ers earlier in the night.

The Pelicans selected Bone for the Atlanta Hawks with a pick acquired in a deal for the fourth overall pick. He was then traded to the Detroit Pistons, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Trades cannot be finalized until the new league year starts on July 6.

It is the first time Tennessee has had three players picked in the same draft since 1977 when Bernard King (No. 7 overall), Ernie Grunfeld (No. 11) and Mike Jackson (No. 133) in the then-eight round event.

Williams is the first Tennessee player to be drafted in the first round since Tobias Harris was selected by the Charlotte Hornets and traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in 2011 and the third since 2002, when Marcus Haislip was also picked by the Bucks.

The Charlotte, N.C., native opted to forgo his senior season on May 17 after participating in the NBA Combine in Chicago and receiving feedback from teams.

The decision was a risk considering he was never projected higher than a late first-round pick. First-round selection receive guaranteed two-year deals with team options for a third and fourth year. Second-round deals are non-guaranteed.

Williams averaged 18.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.1 steals per game as a junior en route to his second consecutive SEC Player of the Year award. He was the first player to win the conference’s top individual honor in back-to-back years since Arkansas’ Corliss Williamson in 1994-95.

Schofield was a All-America honorable mention after averaging 16.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 47.4 percent from the floor and 41.8 percent from behind the 3-point line.

Bone was named All-SEC second team following a junior campaign in which he averaged 13.5 points, 5.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game while shooting 46.5 percent from the floor.

The Nashville native is the first UT point guard to be drafted since Gary Carter was taken by the San Diego Clippers in 1982.

Senior forward Kyle Alexander was not selected in Thursday's draft. He will seek out a free agent deal after participating in several workouts with teams during the draft process.

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