"I am excited about this opportunity. I have a chance to play on an extremely talented team that is a playoff contender," said Ewing. "It is a good situation to be in, especially with some familiar faces on the team that can help me with the transition from college to the NBA."
Ewing will join a Clippers team with a lot of Duke ties. Elton Brand and Corey Maggette are both members of the team as is Shaun Livingston, who signed a letter of intent to play at Duke last year before opting for the NBA and becoming the No. 4 overall pick in 2004. Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy's son, Mike Dunleavy, Jr., also played at Duke and was a teammate of Ewing's in 2002.
Ewing becomes the first official draft choice of the Clippers since Danny Ferry was taken second overall in 1989 before eventually ending up in Cleveland.
Duke has now has a player selected in each of the past eight NBA Drafts, the second-longest streak in the nation. A total of 70 players have now been selected from Duke in the draft, including 13 in the past seven years.
Duke's last two second round picks have made waves in the NBA. In 2002, Carlos Boozer was selected with the 35th overall pick before signing this past season with the Utah Jazz and averaging 17.8 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Last season, Chris Duhon was the 38th overall player drafted by the Chicago Bulls and ended up starting 73 games while averaging 5.9 points and 4.9 assists per game for the up-and-coming Bulls.