Draft Retrospective: Raymond Felton

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Raymond Felton was a star right from the get-go. At Latta High School in South Carolina, he led his team to back-to-back state titles and was named the state’s Mr. Basketball in his junior and senior seasons. In the 2002 McDonald’s All-American game, he teamed up with an explosive young forward from Orlando (Amar'e Stoudemire), as well as a scoring machine from Baltimore (Carmelo Anthony).

While at North Carolina Felton continued his winning ways. By his sophomore year, Felton was already being considered one of the top point guards in the nation. He was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the best collegiate point guard, and the Naismith Player of the Year.

It was his junior season, however, that will go down in Carolina lore. For the season, Felton averaged 12.9 points and 6.9 assists per game and was known as one of the fastest players with the ball in his hands in the country. He led the Tar Heels to the 2005 National Championship, vanquishing another top point guard, Deron Williams, in the championship game. He won the Cousy Award and set himself up to be a lottery pick in the upcoming NBA draft.

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