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Former Ohio State guard Jon Diebler is headed to the NBA.
Diebler was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 51st overall pick in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft. Diebler will join former Buckeye Greg Oden in Portland.
Diebler enters the NBA having finished his career as a Buckeye this spring.
Diebler hit 374 career 3-point baskets at OSU, setting a program record and earning him the nickname “Threebler.” Diebler started 115 games during his time at OSU, including every game since the start of his sophomore year. The 6-foot-6 guard from Upper Sandusky, Ohio, tallied 1,536 points in his four years in scarlet and gray.
During the 2010–11 season, Diebler hit 10 consecutive 3-pointers in a March 13 game against Penn State, a mark that tied a Big Ten Conference record set by Chris Hill of Michigan State in 2003. The guard also helped the Buckeyes to a 29-2 regular season record, as well as both regular season and post season Big Ten titles in the 2010–11 season.
The Trail Blazers also held the 21st overall pick and selected Duke’s Nolan Smith. Portland has not announced its 2011–12 schedule.