Former South Central High, UNC star Day’Ron Sharpe picked by Suns, traded to Nets in NBA draft

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Former South Central High School and University of North Carolina star Day’Ron Shape was chosen in the first round of Thursday’s NBA draft.

Sharpe, who played one season at UNC before deciding to turn pro, was picked by the Phoenix Suns with the 29th overall pick. He was then traded to the Brooklyn Nets.

Sharpe averaged 9.5 points and 7.6 rebounds in 29 games for the Heels. He shot 51.9% from the floor and tied the team with 26 blocks.

On Thursday night, Sharpe was in Greenville with former UNC coach Roy Williams, family and friends to watch the draft at the Greenville Convention Center. Sharpe was projected to be a late first-round pick, so the wait wasn’t that much of a problem.

When he heard his name called, it started a celebration that lasted into the early minutes of Friday.

The Sharpe trade to the Nets was announced during the draft. The Suns sent out a news release Thursday night confirming Sharpe had been traded to Brooklyn but saying the “planned trade has other terms and is not yet final.”

Sharpe was one of at least three players from North Carolina who were drafted on Thursday. Trey Murphy, who played at Rice and Virginia and is from Cary, was chosen by the Memphis Grizzlies before being traded to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Duke’s Jalen Johnson was 20th overall, chosen by the Atlanta Hawks.

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