Bulls take New Mexico’s Tony Snell with pick #20

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The Bulls selected Tony Snell, a 6-7, 200-pound forward, with the 20th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.Snell comes to Chicago from New Mexico with the reputation of a proven shooter and defender. As a junior, he averaged 12.5 points and 2.9 assists in 31.2 minutes per game. Snell shot 42.2 percent from the field, including 39.0 percent from three-point range. He leaves the Lobos ranked 10th all-time with 434 career three-point attempts, having connected on 38.0 percent.
“I feel like I’m good enough to defend anybody,” said Snell. “I really feel good about that.”
Snell brings great length to the Bulls, boasting a wingspan of 6-feet, 11.5 inches. He checked in at the NBA Draft Combine with a body fat of only 4.9 percent.
“It’s crazy knowing I’m going to the Bulls,” said Snell. “I watched [Michael] Jordan play my whole life. I watched Derrick Rose. He’s a great player. I can’t wait to work with him and help the team win.”
He also expressed confidence he’d be able to meet the demands placed on players by head coach Tom Thibodeau and his staff with respect to defense.
“I feel like I’m good enough to defend anybody,” said Snell. “I really feel good about that.”
Originally from Riverside, California, Snell was a high school teammate of San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard.
“I know how hard he works and I know what it takes to be a great player,” said Snell of Leonard. “The position he’s in now, he’s done a fantastic job and I feel like I can do the same thing.”
The Bulls also own the 49th overall in the draft.

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