The Pacers and general manager Larry Bird moved up six slots in the second round to obtain the rights to the 51st pick which was originally owned by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“The Pacers bought up from their pick at 57 to 51 to get to Magnum,” said Rolle’s agent Fletcher Cockrell. “Larry Bird really wanted him, or they wouldn’t have bought up. There were a lot of really good players that weren’t drafted.”
Rolle starred at Louisiana Tech the past two seasons where he helped lead the Bulldogs to a 24-11 mark this past year while earning numerous individual accolades. He averaged 13.9 points and 8.4 rebounds while leading the Western Athletic Conference with 2.1 blocks per game.
“I am extremely excited for Magnum, his family and the opportunity he has at the next level,” said LA Tech head coach Kerry Rupp. “I know it is an opportunity he has worked extremely hard for and will continue to work hard towards. It is also the completion of the plan we put in place for him when he arrived at Louisiana Tech along with getting his degree.”
Rolle earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology in March.
The 6-foot-11-inch forward was named second team all-WAC while also earning a spot on the league’s all-defensive team for the second consecutive season. He was also named to the Lefty Driesell All-American Defensive Team.
Rolle made 33 starts during the year for LA Tech, scoring in double figures 24 times while recording 11 double doubles. He pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds on three separate occasions and scored a career-high 29 points in a win over Houston.
The Freeport, Bahamas native is the first Bulldog to be selected in the NBA Draft since Paul Millsap was taken by the Utah Jazz with the 47th pick of the 2006 Draft.
Rolle also became the 11th Louisiana Tech player ever selected in the NBA Draft, joining Millsap, P.J. Brown (1992, New Jersey, 29th), Ron Ellis (1992, Phoenix, 49th), Randy White (1989, Dallas, 8th), Karl Malone (1985, Utah, 13th), Willie Simmons (1985, Sacramento, 76th), Victor King (1979, Los Angeles Lakers, 39th), Mike McConathy (1977, Chicago, 79th), Mike Green (1973, Seattle, 4th) and Jackie Moreland (1960, Detroit, 4th).
Rolle was one of four WAC players selected in the NBA Draft joining Fresno State’s Paul George (10th overall, Indiana Pacers) and Nevada’s Luke Babbitt (16th overall, Minnesota Timberwolves) and Armon Johnson (34th overall, Portland Trailblazers).
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs All-Time in NBA Draft
Year Player Pos. Team Selection
2010 Magnum Rolle F Oklahoma City 51st
2006 Paul Millsap PF Utah 47th
1992 PJ Brown PF New Jersey 29th
1992 Ron Ellis PF Phoenix 49th
1989 Randy White PF Dallas 8th
1985 Karl Malone PF Utah 13th
1985 Willie Simmons C Sacramento 76th
1979 Victor King PF LA Lakers 39th
1977 Mike McConathy SG Chicago 79th
1973 Mike Green C/F Seattle 4th
1960 Jackie Moreland F Detroit 4th
Magnum Rolle Bio
2009-10: Named to the Lefty Driesell all-America Defensive Team... Named all-WAC Second Team... Earned all-WAC Defensive Team honors... Named all-Louisiana Second Team... Named Netscouts Basketball WAC Player of the Week once... Named Netscouts WAC Basketball International Player of the Week twice... Played in 34 games while starting in 33... Finished second on the team in scoring at 13.9 and first in rebounds at 8.4... Led the conference in blocks at 2.1 per game... Scored in double figures 24 times... Scored at least 20 points eight times and in 15 games brought down at least 10 rebounds... Had 11 double-doubles... Brought down 17 rebounds three times... Scored a career-high 29 points at Houston (12/29)... Recorded six blocked shots against UTPA (12/22)... Finished career fourth in blocks at Tech despite playing just two seasons... Finished with 23 points against UALR (11/25)... Scored 22 points at Centenary (12/12)... Finished with 21 points against Utah State (1/4)... Totaled 18 points at Boise State (1/11)... Scored 16 points against Fresno State (1/14)... Finished with 23 points and 17 rebounds against New Mexico State (1/30)... Totaled 18 points at New Mexico State (2/8)... Finished with 17 points at Northeastern (2/20)... Scored 22 points and brought down 17 rebounds at Nevada (3/6).
2008-09: Started in 30 games for the Bulldogs... Averaged 12.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per contest... Named to the All-WAC Newcomer and All-WAC Defensive teams... Scored double figures 18 games while registering five double-doubles for the year... Finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds against GSU (11/18)... Totaled 12 points and six rebounds against UALR (11/22)... Finished with 11 points against Western Carolina (11/28)... Scored 10 points with six rebounds against Alaska-Anchorage (11/29)... Finished with 12 points and 6 rebounds against GSU (12/6)... Scored 19 points with 8 rebounds against ULM (12/10)... Totaled 17 points and 7 rebounds against UCLA (12/28)... Finished with 10 points and 8 boards against Hawaii (1/5)... Scored 13 points against Nevada (1/10)... Finished with 17 points and nine rebounds against Idaho (1/17)... Scored 23 points on perfect 11-of-11 shooting against Boise State while grabbing 10 rebounds (1/24)... Finished with 10 points and 7 rebounds against Hawaii (1/29)... Totaled 19 points with 12 rebounds against San Jose State (1/31)... Scored 15 points against Nevada (2/5)... Finished with career-high 25 points in two consecutive games; First against Murray State (with 11 rebounds) (2/21) and NMSU (with 12 rebounds) (2/26)... Finished with 10 points and 8 boards against Idaho (3/5)... Scored 24 points against Nevada (3/13).
LSU: Started a total of nine games his sophomore season... Averaged 4.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore... Hit 43.1 percent of field goal attempts with 31 blocks his sophomore year ... Played in 33 of the 36 games averaging 2.2 points per game and 2.5 rebounds a contest as a freshman ... Averaged 8.7 minutes a game ... Had 21 blocks in his freshman season and hit 46.2 percent of his field goal attempts.
High School: Averaged 10.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 4.5 blocked shots per game for the national prep school champions under head coach Chris Chaney ... Shot 64 percent from the field and 76 percent from the free-throw line ... Team was 40-0 en route to the championship ... Played in the Michael Jordan Classic in the spring of 2005 ... Listed as No. 18 on the rivals.com list of top players ... Also participated in track and field at St. George\\\\\\\'s High School where he Averaged 20.3 points per game and 13.6 rebounds in basketball.
Personal: Son of Maryse Rolle... Has one sister, Gretel... Born on Feb. 23, 1986, in Freeport, Bahamas.