A Century of Champions: Devean George

Devean George

A two-time MIAC MVP, Devean George made small college basketball history in 1999 when he became the first Division III player ever to be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft. In his career at Augsburg, George led the Auggies to two MIAC regular-season championships and berths in the NCAA Division III national tournament in 1998 and 1999. George finished his college career with 2,258 career points and 868 career rebounds, both second in school history. While playing in just 96 career games, he fell only 13 points short of the school's scoring record. George finished his career with a 23.5 points-per-game average, the best in school history.

When the Los Angeles Lakers selected George with the 23rd overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft, George began an 11-year professional career which would be highlighted by three NBA championships with L.A. from 2000-02. In 630 regular season games, George averaged 5.6 points and 3.1 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game. In 86 career playoff contests, he averaged 5.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in 17.2 minutes per game. He remains the only player who played Division III basketball to ever play in the NBA Finals.

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