1996 NBA Draft

I was doing some work in the front office today when I decided to read the bio on Ryan Minor’s framed picture from his 1997 South Atlantic League All-Star appearance.  Of course, the bottom of it reads that he was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 32nd pick in the 1996 NBA draft. 

I was talking with our Athletic Trainer about how rare that is when he mentioned the name Mark Hendrickson, who currently pitches for the Baltimore Orioles. 

Get this — Mark Hendrickson was selected with the 31st pick of the 1996 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers as well (one pick ahead of Minor).  The 76ers had back-to-back picks due to a trade with the Toronto Raptors for Tony Massenburg and Ed Pickney.

In case you are wondering, the big names in that draft were Allen Iverson (1), Stephon Marbury (4) and Ray Allen (5).

Mark Hendrickson played college basketball at Washington State University.  He was a two-time selecton to the All-Pac 10 First Team.  He averaged 13.9 points and 8.6 rebounds during his four years at Washington State. 

Hendrickson played in 29 games for the 76ers that season and averaged 10.4 minutes per.  He was then signed by the Sacramento Kings the following year and averaged 15.4 minutes per in 48 games.  He had brief stints with the New Jersey Nets and the Cleveland Cavs in the late 90’s early 00’s. 

According to Wikipedia (you be the judge on how credible it is), Hendrickson is one of only 11 athletes to play in both the NBA and MLB. 

Minor of course played college basketball at Oklahoma.  He was an All-American in both 1995 and 1996.  He was also the Big-Eight Player of the Year in 1995.  During the 1995 season, under Head Coach Kelvin Sampson, Minor averaged a team-best 21.3 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per. 

Minor decided to pursue his baseball dreams and we all know that turned out well for him. 

Through 5 starts with the Baltimore Orioles, Hendrickson is 1-4 with a 5.79 ERA in 2009. 

Isn’t it amazing that 13 years after the 1996 NBA draft, both Mark Hendrickson and Ryan Minor are a part of the Baltimore Orioles organization?

Until next time, Go Shorebirds!


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