by Mark Brock
DeKalb County had two first-round picks and two second picks during the 2011 National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft on June 23.
The first alum to hear his name called was former Dunwoody star Chris Singleton (6-foot-9, 230 pounds) who went 18th overall to the Washington Wizards. Singleton played three years as a small forward at Florida State after signing with the Seminoles out of Dunwoody High School.
Singleton, a two-time All-ACC First Team player and two-time All-ACC Defensive Player of the Year (2010-11) led the Seminoles in scoring and rebounding last season with 13.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. He was a Class AAA All-State selection as a senior at Dunwoody as he led the Wildcats to a 27-4 record while averaging 21 points, 13 rebounds and 4.7 blocks per game.
Former Tucker Tiger Marshon Brooks (6-5, 201) was next in the opening round as the 25th pick to the Boston Celtics. Brooks was a shooting guard/small forward at Providence College. Brooks was later traded to the New Jersey Nets in a draft day deal.
Brooks earned All-Big East and third team All-America honors in 2011 after ranking nationally in scoring at 24.63 points per game. He scored a Big East record of 52 points in a win against Notre Dame in 2011 and was the only player in the nation to average 24 points and seven rebounds. Brooks averaged 20.1 points, six assists and eight rebounds during his All-State senior season at Tucker. The Tigers finished 31-2 and as the Class AAAA state champions in 2007.
Stone Mountain’s Andrew Goudelock (6-3, 200) was the 46th overall pick and 16th of the second round as the Los Angeles Lakers picked up the high-scoring point guard from College of Charleston.
Goudelock became the all-time leading scorer for the College of Charleston as he completed his career with 2,571 points. He led the Southern Conference with a 23.7 points per game average on his way to becoming the first College of Charleston male athlete to be named the Southern Conference Male Athlete of the Year in 2011. Charleston reached the quarterfinals of the NIT as Goudelock scored 39 points in the first-round victory over Dayton. He also earned his third consecutive All-Southern Conference First Team honors in 2011.
Former Columbia All-State player Travis Leslie (6-4, 202) followed right behind Goudelock as the 47th pick overall going to the Los Angeles Clippers as the 17th choice of the second round. Leslie was a junior at Georgia in 2011.
Leslie finished his college career with 1,099 points, 551 rebounds, 191 assists and 104 steals and was named to the Coaches All-SEC Second Team in 2011. He averaged 14.4 points, 7.18 rebounds and 2.84 assists in 2011 as he helped lead the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament.
Leslie led the Columbia Eagles to the Class AAAA state title while averaging 21.3 points, nine rebounds and four assists per game.