Top Searches After the NBA Draft

June 24, 2011

Among NBA fans, all eyes were on Newark, NJ last night where the league's 2011 draft took place, but, for many, they quickly shifted to YouTube where we saw a spike in search interest around some of the top prospects.

In the hours immediately following the draft, many of the late first-round selections for big city teams were among the top rising searches on YouTube as fans sought out highlight reels and interview clips:
  1. Norris Cole - The Cleveland State guard was the top rising search on YouTube last evening after he was picked up via a series of swaps from the NBA Championship runners-up, the Miami Heat. You can see highlights from his 41-point game against Youngstown State here.

  2. Iman Shumpert - This Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket was drafted by the New York Knicks and was our #2 top rising search. Draft preview highlights.

  3. Jajuan Johnson - The Boston Celtics picked up this Purdue player who was our third top rising search. Draft preview.

  4. Nikola Mirotic - The newest Chicago Bull comes from Serbia. Rising Star video from Euroleague basketball.

  5. Marshon Brooks - The Providence guard is headed to New Jersey. You can see his draft workout here.

Other players that were trending searches after the draft ended: Jimmy Butler (Chicago), Jordan Hamilton (Portland), Nikola Vucevic (Philadelphia), and Tristan Thompson (Cleveland), respectively.