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Cleveland Bound

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - - Belmont University men's basketball senior Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.) was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 26th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft Thursday.

Windler becomes the second Belmont player in program history to be drafted; Joe Gaines was selected in the sixth round of the 1972 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers.

He also becomes just the 11th player this decade outside of NCAA Division I major conferences (traditional multi-bid conferences) to be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft.

Windler led Belmont to 94 victories and three conference championships in his career, including Power 5 victories over UCLA, Georgia and Vanderbilt. Windler capped his career by helping the Bruins earn their first-ever NCAA Tournament victory with a win over Temple. Two days later, he scored a game-high 35 points as Belmont led sixth-seeded Maryland much of the way before losing in the final seconds.

As a senior, Windler averaged 21.3 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He joined future Hall of Famer Kevin Durant as one of two players in NCAA Division I history to average 20.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and at least two made 3-point field goals per game in a single season.

He became just the fourth Ohio Valley Conference player since 1971 to post at least 1,600 career points and 1,000 career rebounds (Popeye Jones, Kenneth Faried, Chris Horton). In fact, of the nine 30 point-20 rebound games in college basketball over the last two seasons, only Windler and South Dakota State All-American Mike Daum recorded multiple 30-20 games.

The Indianapolis, Indiana native stands 18th in college basketball history in effective field goal percentage (.640) and ranked fourth nationally in offensive efficiency by noted statistician Ken Pomeroy (Brandon Clarke, Zion Williamson, Matt Rafferty).

The 6-8 guard/forward was a finalist for the Julius Erving Award and Lou Henson Award this past season, and was named All-District by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). 

Windler will be introduced at a press conference at the Cavaliers' training facility.


  • Dylan Windler, Belmont (2019)
  • Ja Morant, Murray State (2019)
  • Pascal Siakam, New Mexico State (2016)
  • Cameron Payne, Murray State (2015)
  • R.J. Hunter, Georgia State (2015)
  • Elfrid Payton, Louisiana-Lafayette (2014)
  • CJ McCollum, Lehigh (2013)
  • Damian Lillard, Weber State (2012)
  • Jimmer Fredette, BYU (2011)
  • Kenneth Faried, Morehead State (2011)
  • Norris Cole, Cleveland State (2011)