The Lakers used the first of their four second-round picks (No. 41 overall) to take Darius Morris, a 6-foot-3 point guard from the University of Michigan who was born in Los Angeles and went to Windward High School. He averaged 15 points, four rebounds and 6.7 assists last season as a sophomore with the Wolverines. He’s not known as a great perimeter shooter, or even a good one, but he’s a fine defender and ballhandler. He shot 48.9 percent overall, but only 25 percent on 3-pointers. He was on the All-Big Ten third team.
“Never in a million years did I think I’d get drafted by the Lakers,” he said. “I always dreamed of playing in the NBA, but this is great, really a dream come true.”
With the 46th pick, the Lakers selected Andrew Goudelock, a 6-3 guard from the College of Charleston (S.C.). He averaged team-leading totals of 23.7 points and 4.2 assists last season as a senior. He was the Southern Conference player of the year last season.
“I’ve got a little junk in my game,” he said of his offensive skills. “I’m not bashful about my game. I can do a lot of things. I’m not afraid to try a lot of different things.”
The Lakers also picked forwards Chukwudiebere Maduabum of Nigeria (No. 56 overall) by way of the Bakersfield Jam of the developmental league and Atar Majok (No. 58) of the Sudan by way of the Australian pro league.
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak then traded Maduabum to the Denver Nuggets for a future second round pick.