NC's own Robert Dillingham drafted by San Antonio Spurs, traded to Minnesota

NC’s own Robert Dillingham drafted by San Antonio Spurs, traded to Minnesota

Robert Dillingham’s next stop? The Land of 10,000 Lakes. The 6-foot-1 guard was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs with the eighth overall pick on Wednesday night in the 2024 NBA Draft.

Dillingham is originally from Hickory but never played for an association school in North Carolina. He played for three different teams in high school. His freshman and sophomore years were at Combine Academy in Lincolnton, a sports performance center, and his junior year was at Kanye West’s short-lived Donda Academy in California, and his last year was in Overtime Elite with the Cold Hearts.

He was the MVP of the FIBA Americas U16 championship.

Playing in OTE made him ineligible for McDonald’s All-American, however, he was a consensus top-20 player by almost all recruiting websites.

Though originally committed to N.C. State, Dillingham played his college ball at Kentucky. In his one and only season with the Wildcats, he averaged 15.2 points, 3.9 assists, and 1.0 steals per game, shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from 3.

He was named SEC Sixth Man of the Year and made the All-SEC freshman team and the All-SEC second team.

All mock drafts projected Dillingham to go in the lottery, which was proven correct.

The Spurs are reportedly trading Dillingham to the Minnesota Timberwolves for a future draft picks.