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Jun 23, 2011 10:41 PM by Lee Douglas

Nuggets pick Faried in first round of NBA Draft

DENVER (AP) - The Denver Nuggets have chosen Kenneth Faried with the 22nd pick of the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-8, 225-pound Faried averaged 17.3 points and 14.5 rebounds for Morehead State. He led the Eagles to the NCAA tournament in 2009 and 2011.

Faried was high on the Nuggets' wish list after he worked out with the team June 8. The Nuggets like his physical play and his rebounding ability underneath.

This was the first time the Nuggets drafted a player in the first round since 2005, when they picked Julius Hodge at 20 and Jarrett Jack at 22.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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