Syracuse Orange alum Michael Carter-Williams heard his name called at 11th overall, the pick connected to the Philadelphia 76ers.
This pick has within it special meaning for those who remember the origination of the 76ers. The team that now hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, once played in the same city as Carter-Williams' alma mater. Those known now as the 76ers were once the Nationals of Syracuse, New York, competing from 1949 to 1963 before moving out of the Empire State.
This irony brings with it some nostalgia.
Four Orange alum were drafted by the Syracuse Nationals.
As the Philadelphia 76ers, three more Orange alum were selected to join the squad that used to reside in the same city.
Now comes Carter-Williams, who played at the 76ers' home last season when he and the Orange faced the Villanova Wildcats at the Wells Fargo Center on January 26, 2013. He had 17 points, five rebounds, and four assists in an overtime loss.
Carter-Williams led Syracuse, the Big East Conference, and the entire nation in assists per game within the 2012-13 campaign.
In only his first season as an Orange starter, he helped Syracuse to a berth in the Final Four after getting to the Big East Conference Tournament championship on the heels of dropping their four of their last five regular season games.
Jrue Holiday was the 76ers' starting point guard but he is involved in a draft day proposed trade that would allegedly send him to the New Orleans Pelicans for center Nerlens Noel. If this move happens, Carter-Williams has even more of an opportunity to get on the floor right away for the old Nationals.