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Drafted by Houston Rockets in Round 2, pick 38
Traded to Dallas Mavericks
Position: Power Forward
Conference: Big Twelve
High School: Cornerstone Christian, San Antonio, Texas
Najera is a rugged customer who isn't afraid to get battered and bloodied inside, or anywhere else on the floor. A native of Mexico, Najera has gotten better through year-round competition, first in the Big 12 and then playing for the Mexican National Team in the summer. Najera has a wide range of skills. He can be physical and can score in the post with an arsenal of moves that includes a hook. Najera also has decent outside touch, but he struggled at times from 3-point range as a senior. Najera is also a good passer. He isn't the quickest player on the planet, and he sometimes gets into foul trouble. But he's got a feel for the game, which can make up for a lot of ills.
Senior SeasonNamed third-team All-America by the AP
One of 15 Naismith national player of the year nominees
First team All-Big 12 selection
Ranked second in the Big 12 with 14 double-doubles
A member of the Big 12 All-Defense Team
Registered a career-high 31 points in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals against Texas
Finished 55th in the NCAA in scoring (18.4)
Junior SeasonSecond team All-Big 12 selection
Led team in scoring and rebounding
Scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds versus UNC-Charlotte to lead OU to the Sweet 16
Named the team's best rebounder, most inspirational player and most outstanding player during postseason awards banquet
Sophomore SeasonRanked third on the team in scoring and rebounding
Started the first 20 games before coming off the bench the final 10 due to a foot ailment
Freshman SeasonFinished second to Jerald Brown of Texas A&M in the Big 12 Freshman-of-the-Year voting
Selected to Big 12 All-Freshman Team
Played in all 30 games
NotablesWill become only the second Mexican-born player drafted by an NBA team (Manuel Raga was drafted by the Hawks in the 10th round in 1970). Najera was born in Meoqui, Chihuahua and is looking to become only the second Mexican-born player to appear in an NBA game (Horatio Llamas made his NBA debut with Phoenix in 1997)
Full name is Eduardo Alonso Najera Perez
Grew up playing soccer
Oklahoma has not had a first-rounder since Stacey King and Mookie Blaylock in '89
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