Former Mississippi State forward Arnett Moultrie is now a Philadelphia 76er after the Miami Heat selected him No. 27 overall in the 2012 NBA Draft and traded him to Philadelphia, according to reports from multiple outlets. The 6’11” Moultrie led the Bulldogs with 16.4 points per game in 2011-12, and with 10.5 rebounds per game, he had more than twice as many as anyone on the team.
Moultrie is the first MSU player to be drafted in the first round since Erick Dampier and Dontae Jones were both selected in the first round of the 1996 draft, and he is also the first player under former head coach Rick Stansbury to be selected in the first round.
With Moultrie’s selection, Mississippi State now has had a player picked in the first round of each of the three major drafts, with defensive tackle Fletcher Cox being selected by the Philadelphia Eagles No. 12 in the NFL Draft and pitcher Chris Stratton getting picked 20th overall by the San Francisco Giants in the MLB Draft.
MSU is the only school in the country this year to have the trifecta of a first-rounder in each sport, and it was the first year for the Bulldogs to pull off the hat trick.
A Memphis native and a transfer from UTEP, Moultrie sat out his first year in Starkville due to the NCAA transfers rule. In his first and only year of action, Moultrie won the Howell Trophy, given annually to the best collegiate basketball player in the state of Mississippi, and helped lead the Bulldogs to a peak of being ranked in the top 15 nationally, before hitting a late-season skid and ultimately finishing the campaign in the NIT.
Going to the 76ers, Moultrie joins Cox as MSU first-rounders heading to Philadelphia teams this year, where former Bulldog linebacker Jamar Chaney is already a starter for the Eagles and former Diamond Dawg Jonathan Papelbon is a pitcher for the Phillies.
Moultrie was the only Mississippi State player selected in the draft.