AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – A former UMass Amherst basketball player is going to the NBA. Many people in Amherst are excited for Cady Lalanne.
The six-foot-ten inch player was by the the San Antonio Spurs in the second round. He played for UMass Amherst for four seasons becoming one of three players in the school’s history to record over 1,000 points, 800 rebounds and 100 blocks.
Stephen McGinty, a librarian at UMass Amherst, told 22News that Lalanne going to the NBA could be good publicity for the school. “I think it’s a good thing for the university and for the basketball program because it helps recruiting,” he said. “If a high school kid is trying to determine which school to go to, go to UMass because people take the next step up to the NBA.”
Cady Lalanne is the first NBA draft selection from UMass since Stephane Lasme was drafted in 2007. He is originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti.