The Bay Area sent three players to the NBA on Thursday, led by former Archbishop Mitty star Aaron Gordon, who was picked No. 4 overall by the Orlando Magic in the NBA draft.
Two Stanford players, Josh Huestis and Dwight Powell, also were chosen. Huestis went in the first round at No. 29 to Oklahoma City, and Powell went 45th to Charlotte.
Later Thursday, Powell and Brendan Haywood, who didn't play last season for Charlotte but was under contract, were sent to Cleveland for Alonzo Gee, a person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press. The trade still needs to be approved by the league.
Slotted by most draft analysts in the Nos. 6-8 range, Gordon went only behind top pick Andrew Wiggins (Cleveland), No. 2 Jabari Parker (Milwaukee) and No. 3 Joel Embiid (Philadelphia).
Asked by ESPN how surprised he was to go fourth, Gordon, a 6-foot-9 power forward said, "I had a really good workout when I went out to Orlando. I was shooting the ball well. I did a lot of things that I don't think they thought I could do previously. I am just happy. I am extremely happy."
Although he struggled with his shot last season as a freshman at the University of Arizona, both from midrange and the free-throw line, Gordon got high marks for his athleticism, strength and potential during predraft workouts.
"I really like his upside," ESPN analyst and former NBA player Jalen Rose said during Thursday's telecast. "Not a polished shooter but can defend multiple positions on the floor, plays within a team system, finishes in transition. I really like Aaron Gordon, what he brings to the table."
Gordon's competitiveness stood out to the Magic, general manager Rob Hennigan said in a story on the team's website.
"His toughness, athleticism are good building blocks for him to develop into a good player," Hennigan said.
Gordon, 18, attended the draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, with family and friends. He wore a light blue suit that matched the Magic's colors but said he was not forecasting his pick.
Back in the South Bay, Gordon's former Mitty teammates, friends and more family members gathered at Double D's Sports Grille in Los Gatos for a party thrown by the Gordon family. In the minutes before the draft, they cheered every time Gordon appeared on the TV screens. But they saved their biggest eruption for the moment NBA commissioner Adam Silver called Gordon's name.
"Seeing him up there, getting picked into the NBA, it's surreal," said Matt McAndrews, a former Mitty teammate. "In a way, I feel like I am almost as happy as him right now. It's an incredible feeling.
"I have been following him throughout the draft process. I knew the coaches liked him. I knew he was going to get picked in the top five, top 10. I just wanted to make sure he would be happy with the team he got picked to, and it looked like he was ecstatic when he got picked."
Gordon was a three-time Mercury News player of the year and two-time Cal-Hi Sports state player of the year while at Mitty. In his only season with Arizona, Gordon helped lead the Wildcats to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament and was named Pac-12 freshman of the year.
Huestis averaged 11.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game and Powell 14.0 points and 6.9 rebounds while helping Stanford reach the Sweet 16 in March.
Missouri's Jabari Brown, an Oakland High product, did not get drafted.