UPDATE: Players with Mississippi ties taken in NBA Draft

Pistons take Terrico White with 36th pick overall

The Associated Press
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Detroit Pistons have selected Ole Miss guard Terrico White in the second round of the NBA draft.

Detroit drafted White 36th overall after taking Georgetown power forward Greg Monroe at No. 7.

The 6-foot-5 White averaged 15.1 points and 4.6 rebounds a game last season as a sophomore. He helped the Rebels share the Southeastern Conference Western Division title and reach the NIT semifinals.

White, who is from Memphis, Tenn., was a member of the U.S. Under-19 World Championship team last summer.

The Pistons finished last season 27-55 — their worst record since 1994 — and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2001.

Heat draft Varnado at No 41

MIAMI — The Miami Heat have selected Mississippi State forward Jarvis Varnado with the 41st pick of Thursday’s NBA draft.

The 6-foot-9, 230-pound Varnado is the only player in Division I history to post more than 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 blocked shots in his college career. He finished college with 564 blocks, an NCAA record.

The Heat added Varnado nine picks after taking another big man, Texas center Dexter Pittman. They had two other picks later in the second round.

With 48th pick, Heat choose D-Leaguer Williams

MIAMI — The Miami Heat made the 48th pick a historic one, choosing forward Latavious Williams and making him the first player ever to skip college and play a year in the NBA Development League before getting drafted.

The 6-foot-8, 195-pound Williams, who played in high school in Starkville and Texas, did not qualify academically to play in college at Memphis. So at his mother’s urging, he went to the D-League, averaging 7.7 points and 7.7 rebounds this past season for the Tulsa 66ers.

He finished 13th in the D-League in rebounding, and was Miami’s fourth second-round selection.

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