Pacers tab UCLA forward T.J. Leaf with 18th pick

Pacers tab UCLA forward T.J. Leaf with 18th pick

TJ Leaf UCLA - Pacers 2017 draft pick
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The Indiana Pacers cast their draft lot on a pair of players from UCLA, selecting forward T.J. Leaf with the 18th overall pick and power forward Ike Anigbogu with the 47th pick during Thursday night’s draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. 

The 6-10, 225-pound Leaf played one season for head coach Steve Alford’s Bruins, averaging 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists a game. 

The versatile Leaf shot 61.7 percent from the floor, including 46.6 percent from 3-point territory. UCLA finished 31-5. 

Leaf’s father, Brad, is an Indianapolis native who played college basketball at the University of Evansville (1978-82). A 6-5 guard, Brad Leaf averaged 15.6 points a game during a 103-game career.

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The former UCLA tandem of T.J. Leaf (right) and Ike Anigbogu was drafted by the Indiana Pacers Thursday night. (Image via

The 6-10, 250-pound Anigbogu played just 13 minutes a game during his one season on the UCLA campus, playing in 29 contests.

He averaged 4.7 points and 4.0 rebounds an outing but is considered to have unlimited potential, buoyed by a 7-feet, 6-inch wingspan and his ability to block shots.

Click here to read a column about Leaf and Anigbogu by Greg Rappaport of

The Pacers also added some excellent talent to their backcourt with the acquisition of 6-5 guard Edmond Sumner from Xavier University

Sumner — who played in just 21 games last season after sustaining a knee injury — was obtained in a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans, who selected Sumner with the 52nd overall pick. New Orleans reportedly received “cash considerations” in the swap. 

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Guard Edmond Sumner, who played for Xavier University, was acquired by the Pacers in a draft-night trade with New Orleans. (Getty Images)

Capable of hitting the perimeter jump shot and also excellent at taking the ball to the hoop, Sumner was averaging 14.8 points, 4.8 assists and 4.2 rebounds when he was injured.

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