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Warriors Draft Vanderbilt's Ezeli With 30th Pick

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Vanderbilt center Festus Ezeli (3) dunks the ball as Georgia guard Dustin Ware (3) wacthes during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament at the New Orleans Arena. (AP Photo) Vanderbilt center Festus Ezeli (3) dunks the ball as Georgia guard Dustin Ware (3) wacthes during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament at the New Orleans Arena. (AP Photo)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Golden State Warriors have selected Vanderbilt center Festus Ezeli with the 30th pick in the NBA draft.

The Warriors stuck with size again when they took the Nigerian native with the final pick in Thursday night's first round. Golden State also selected 6-foot-8 small forward Harrison Barnes of North Carolina seventh overall.

The 6-foot-11, 255-pound Ezeli set Vanderbilt's record with 204 career blocked shots. Will Perdue previously held the mark at 157.

Ezeli, who moved to the United States in 2004, averaged 10.1 points and 5.9 rebounds last season. Golden State is looking for a long-term backup center to new big man Andrew Bogut and Ezeli will have a chance to fill that role.

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