Bulls select MSU’s Denzel Valentine with 14th pick in the draft

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SYRACUSE, NY - MARCH 27: Denzel Valentine #45 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates after defeating the Oklahoma Sooners 62 to 58 during the East Regional Semifinal of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Carrier Dome on March 27, 2015 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

 

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls drafted Michigan State swing player Denzel Valentine with the 14th overall pick in the NBA Draft Thursday.

The 2015 to 2016 AP national player of the year, Valentine joins a team that traded former MVP Derrick Rose to New York on Wednesday in a blockbuster. The deal that brought one of the most successful and disappointing periods in the franchise’s history to an end.

Valentine averaged 19.2 points per game, 7.5 rebounds, and 7.8 assists last season. But a lingering knee injury might have raised concerns for some teams.

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