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1947 BAA Draft
General Information
Date(s) July 1, 1947
Location Detroit, Michigan
First selection Clifton McNeely, Pittsburgh Ironmen
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The 1947 BAA Draft was the inaugural draft of the Basketball Association of America (BAA), which later became the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on July 1, 1947, prior to the 1947–48 season. In this draft, nine remaining BAA teams along with the Baltimore Bullets who joined the BAA from the American Basketball League, took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players. In the first round of the draft, the teams select in reverse order of their win-loss record in the previous season, while the Bullets were assigned the tenth pick, the last pick of the first round.

The first selection of the draft, Clifton McNeely from Texas Wesleyan University, did not play in the BAA. Instead, McNeely opted for a high school coaching career in Texas.[1] The fourth pick, Walt Dropo, also did not play in the BAA and opted for a professional baseball career instead, eventually playing 13 seasons in the Major League Baseball (MLB).[2][3] The 7th and 10th pick, Jack Underman and Larry Killick, were also never played in the BAA. Three players from this draft, Harry Gallatin, Andy Phillip and Jim Pollard, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.[4]



G Guard F Forward C Center
^ Denotes player who has been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame
* Denotes player who has been selected for (an) All-Star Game(s) and (an) All-NBA Team(s)
+ Denotes player who has been selected for (an) All-Star Game(s)
x Denotes player who has been selected for (an) All-NBA Team(s)
Round Pick Player Position Team College
1 1 McNeely, CliftonClifton McNeely Pittsburgh Ironmen Texas Wesleyan[5]
1 2 Selbo, GlenGlen Selbo G/F Toronto Huskies Wisconsin
1 3 Ehlers, BulbsBulbs Ehlers G/F Boston Celtics Purdue
1 4 Dropo, WaltWalt Dropo Providence Steamrollers Connecticut
1 5 Holub, DickDick Holub C New York Knicks Long Island
1 6 Crossin, ChinkChink Crossin G Philadelphia Warriors Pennsylvania
1 7 Underman, JackJack Underman St. Louis Bombers Ohio State
1 8 Huston, PaulPaul Huston F Chicago Stags Ohio State
1 9 O'Keefe, DickDick O'Keefe G/F Washington Capitols Santa Clara
1 10 Killick, LarryLarry Killick Baltimore Bullets Vermont

Other picks

The following list includes other draft picks who have appeared in at least one BAA/NBA game.

Round Pick Player Position Team College
Biasatti, HankHank Biasatti G Boston Celtics Long Island
Cloyd, PaulPaul Cloyd G/F Washington Capitols Wisconsin
Darden, JimmyJimmy Darden G Chicago Stags Denver
Duncan, AndyAndy Duncan F/C New York Knicks William & Mary
Ezersky, JohnnyJohnny Ezersky G/F Boston Celtics Rhode Island
Gainer, ElmerElmer Gainer F/C Baltimore Bullets DePaul
Gallatin, HarryHarry Gallatin^ F/C Baltimore Bullets Northeast Missouri
Hewson, JackJack Hewson F/C Boston Celtics Temple
Hoffman, PaulPaul Hoffman G/F Toronto Huskies Purdue
Hubbard, BobBob Hubbard F/C Providence Steamrollers Springfield
Mandic, JohnJohn Mandic F/C Washington Capitols Oregon State
Mariaschin, SaulSaul Mariaschin G Washington Capitols Harvard
Misaka, WataruWataru Misaka G New York Knicks Utah
Nagy, FritzFritz Nagy G/F Pittsburgh Ironmen Akron
Napolitano, PaulPaul Napolitano G/F St. Louis Bombers San Francisco
Phillip, AndyAndy Phillip^ G/F Chicago Stags Illinois
Pollard, JimJim Pollard^ F/C Chicago Stags Stanford
Pollard, JimJim Pollard^ F/C Philadelphia Warriors Stanford
Pollard, JimJim Pollard^ F/C St. Louis Bombers Stanford
Reiser, ChickChick Reiser G/F Baltimore Bullets NYU
Rocha, RedRed Rocha+ F/C Toronto Huskies Oregon State
Rothenberg, IrvIrv Rothenberg C Washington Capitols Long Island
Schadler, BenBen Schadler F Chicago Stags Northwestern
Smith, DonDon Smith G/F Chicago Stags Minnesota
Stump, GeneGene Stump G/F Boston Celtics DePaul
Tingle, JackJack Tingle F Washington Capitols Kentucky
Vance, GeneGene Vance G/F Chicago Stags Illinois
Zunic, MattMatt Zunic G/F Washington Capitols George Washington


  1. ^ Cook, Bob (September 13, 2007). "Oden’s injury a cruel blow for cursed Blazers". NBC Universal. Archived from the original on September 12, 2009. Retrieved September 11, 2009. 
  2. ^ Montville, Leigh (July 19, 1993). "What Ever Happened To...: Walt Dropo". Sports Illustrated. Time Inc. Retrieved September 10, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Walt Dropo Bio". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 11, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 28, 2009. 
  5. ^ Diepenbrock, R.J. (December 29, 2003). "Clifton McNeely". Amarillo Globe-News. Archived from the original on September 21, 2009. Retrieved September 19, 2009. 

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