June 30, 1999
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Four-year University of Washington starter Todd MacCulloch was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers during the second round of the 1999 NBA Draft, the 47th pick overall Wednesday at the MCI Center.
The 7-foot, 280-pound center became the ninth player in Husky history to be chosen within the first two rounds of the NBA's annual draft.
A Canadian citizen from Winnipeg, Manitoba, MacCulloch led the Huskies in 1999 with an 18.7-point scoring average and ranked second nationally with 11.9 rebounds per game. He completed his career listed third among all-time Huskies with 1,743 points and fourth in rebounds with 975.
MacCulloch was a two-time All-Pacific-10 Conference selection. He became only the second player in NCAA history to lead the nation in field goal shooting three consecutive seasons, joining Ohio State's Jerry Lucas (1960-62). MacCulloch converted 66.2-percent of his shots from the field during 1999.
Another former Washington player, 6-6 guard Roberto Bergersen, was selected 52nd overall. A second-round choice of the Atlanta Hawks, Bergersen was immediately traded him to the Portland Trail Blazers. He played for the Huskies as a freshman in 1994-95 before transferring to the College of Southern Idaho. Bergersen played the last three years at Boise State.
The 1999 draft marks the first time that more than one former Washington player was selected in the first two rounds. The Huskies had three players picked on three occasions when the draft was longer than its current two-round format.
Washington registered a 17-12 record in 1999, finishing fourth in the Pac-10 with a 10-8 mark. The Huskies earned their second straight NCAA Tournament invitation, losing 59-58 to Miami (Ohio) in a Midwest Region first-round game at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.