No. 9 Tom McMillen
Tom McMillen was one of Maryland’s more talented big men of the Lefty Driesell era. McMillen was being touted as one of the top high school players when he came out of Mansfield, Penn. Driesell edged out North Carolina legendary coach Dean Smith for McMillen’s services.
During his Terp career, McMillen averaged 20.5 points, including 21.2 during his sophomore season. He also averaged 9.8 rebounds during his time in College Park. McMillen led Maryland to 20-plus wins in each of his three seasons along with a pair of second place finishes in the ACC.
In 1974, McMillen was selected by the Buffalo Braves with the ninth overall pick. Like many players, McMillen’s NBA numbers weren’t at the level of his college production. Over the course of his 11 NBA seasons, he averaged 8.1 points and four rebounds per contest.
He spent time with the Atlanta Hawks, Braves, New York Knicks, and Washington Bullets. While he may not have lived up to the billing of a top 10 pick, McMillen still put together a solid NBA career.
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