SJ's Seth Lundy drafted by NBA’s Hawks

by Marc Narducci | Jun 30, 2023
SJ's Seth Lundy drafted by NBA’s Hawks

Seth Lundy showed how much patience and perseverance can play into success when he was selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the NBA draft, the 46th overall selection.
The Hawks selected 6-4 Michigan guard Kobe Bufkin in the first round, 15th overall and 6-11 Washington State center Mouhamed Gueye with their first second-round pick, 39th overall. 

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Even though he starred at Philadelphia’s Roman Catholic High School, Lundy is a Paulsboro resident. After high school, he attended Penn State, where the continued growth of the 6-foot-6 swingman was highly impressive.

Lundy was a key contributor for Penn State all four years. He actually had another season to play because the COVID year didn’t count on his eligibility, but he decided to turn pro after four years. Lundy increased his scoring average each season. As a freshman, he started 15 of 31 games and averaged just 5.3 points; as a sophomore, he started 15 of 25 games and averaged 10.3 points.

During his final two years he started all 66 games he appeared in. As a junior, he averaged 11.9 points before having a breakout senior season. He averaged 14.2 points this past season and shot 92-for-230 (40%) from three-point range. His three-point field goal percentage ranked second in the Big Ten and 37th in the nation. 

Lundy averaged 6.3 rebounds and shot 80.7% from the foul line. He helped lead Penn State to the Big 10 Tournament championship game before losing 67-65 to Purdue, and was named to the Big 10 All-Tournament team, averaging 17 points and 7.8 rebounds in Penn State’s four games.

Penn State (23-14) also earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament, beating Texas A&M in the first round before being eliminated by Texas, 71-66. In his final college game against Texas, Lundy had 11 points and seven rebounds. 

For his career, Lundy scored 1,283 points and had 560 rebounds and 229 three-point field goals. The 229 three-pointers was sixth in school history. He was also ninth in school history in career free throw percentage (81.4%) and 20th in career points. 

He is joining a veteran Hawks team, so it won’t be easy to earn immediate playing time, but Lundy owns a desired NBA skill: three-point accuracy. The Hawks were just 21st in three-point accuracy, hitting 35.2%. 

Lundy showed gradual improvement all four years of his college career, which had to impress the Hawks, especially since he was competing in one of the best conferences in the country. 

And now he has been drafted to play in the best league in the world, a testament to his hard work and the fact that he continued to grow as a player each and every year. 

Photo courtesy of Atlanta Hawks' Twitter


Author: Marc Narducci

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