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Noles hit lottery: Williams picked No. 4 by Bulls, Vassell at No. 11 by Spurs

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Two Florida State players in the NBA’s lottery? Yes, history indeed.

Patrick Williams became the highest Florida State draft pick in 50 years when he was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the No. 4 overall pick on Wednesday night in the NBA Draft. About an hour later, Devin Vassell was picked at No. 11 by the San Antonio Spurs.

The 6-foot-8, 225-pound Williams averaged 9.2 points and 4.0 rebounds as a freshman in 2019-20 for FSU. Williams shot 45.9 from the floor and 83.8 from the line.

“I feel blessed to be in this position and … grateful for it, for sure,” Williams said. “I’m excited to go to Chicago and to put in as much work as I can and learn as much as I can and be great.”

Williams will play for Billy Donovan, who will start his first season in Chicago. He is expected to sign for $32.1 million over four years, with $14.5 million guaranteed, according to reports.

Williams matches FSU’s highest all-time draft pick, which was Dave Cowens (No. 4 to Boston) in 1970. FSU hasn’t had two first-round NBA Draft picks since Sam Cassell and Doug Edwards in 1993.

The 6-7 Vassell was picked 11th by the Spurs, giving FSU two lottery picks for the first time and a pair of first-rounders for the first time since 1993. He averaged 12.7 points and 5.1 rebounds as a sophomore in 2019-20. Vassell also made 49 percent of shots from the floor and 41.5 percent of 3-point shots.

Vassell will play for Gregg Popovich, who has led the Spurs to five NBA titles.

“Playing for Pop is amazing and a great opportunity,” Vassell said. “It’s going to be great just learning and taking in all the knowledge he has.”

Vassell is expected to sign a four-year deal for $18.6 million, with $8.3 million guaranteed, according to reports.

They are the 10th and 11th NBA draft picks since 2010 from FSU. Recent first-round picks include Mfiondu Kabengele, Jonathan Isaac and Malik Beasley.

FSU’s complete all-time draft picks can be found here.

Trent Forrest was not selected in the two rounds on Wednesday and is now a free agent.