Monday , Jul , 12 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Blazers sign top pick Telfair

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – The Portland Trail Blazers Monday announced
the signing of point guard Sebastian Telfair, the team’s first selection in
the 2004 NBA draft. Per club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Portland chose Telfair with the 13th overall pick, the first of three
first-round choices by the Trail Blazers in this year’s draft. The 19-year old
averaged 33.2 points, 9.2 assists and 3.7 rebounds as a senior for New York
City’s Lincoln High School and ended a stellar scholastic career as the city’s
all-time leading scorer, surpassing NBA veteran Kenny Anderson.

The six-foot Telfair also led Lincoln to three consecutive New York City
championships and was named a McDonald’s and Parade Magazine All-American in

Portland also selected Russians Viktor Khryapa and Sergei Monya with the 22nd
and 23rd choices, respectively.