The time where the 76ers drafted two future MLB Players

Just in time for March Madness, here’s a weird connection between hoops and Major League Baseball.

To be more specific, one year (1996), the Philadelphia 76ers drafted two college basketball stars who eventually made the rosters of Major League Baseball teams:

Screen Shot 2013-03-21 at 7.29.18 PMIn case you can’t see it, that is Mark Hendrickson and Ryan Minor being drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers, drafted one right after the other. Minor- who’s main claim to fame was starting at third the day that Cal Ripken‘s streak ended- went straight to baseball, but Hendrickson- who has been pitching in camp for the Orioles this spring- had a brief NBA career (go below the jump for the stats):

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1996-97 22 PHI NBA PF 29 1 301 32 77 .416 3 12 .250 18 26 .692 35 57 92 3 10 4 14 32 85
1997-98 23 SAC NBA PF 48 1 737 58 149 .389 0 5 .000 47 57 .825 33 110 143 41 26 9 31 60 163
1998-99 24 NJN NBA PF 22 6 399 39 88 .443 0 1 .000 42 50 .840 27 41 68 13 12 1 15 39 120
1999-00 25 TOT NBA PF 15 0 71 5 8 .625 0 0 3 4 .750 3 10 13 6 2 1 3 8 13
1999-00 25 CLE NBA PF 10 0 47 5 7 .714 0 0 2 2 1.000 2 9 11 3 2 1 3 7 12
1999-00 25 NJN NBA PF 5 0 24 0 1 .000 0 0 1 2 .500 1 1 2 3 0 0 0 1 1
Career NBA 114 8 1508 134 322 .416 3 18 .167 110 137 .803 98 218 316 63 50 15 63 139 381
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/21/2013.

So, now you know: there once was a time when two MLB players were drafted one right after the other in the NBA draft.

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