Ragin’ Cajuns star Shawn Long goes unselected in NBA draft _lowres

Advocate photo by PAUL KIEU Louisiana-Lafayette forward Shawn Long attempts to drive past Appalachian State Mountaineers forward Michael Obacha (4) during the first half of an NCAA men's basketball game on January 2, 2016, at the Cajundome in Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — Former Louisiana-Lafayette star Shawn Long was not selected in Thursday’s NBA draft.

Going into the draft, the 6-foot-11 forward was considered a possible late second-round pick.

Long decided last April to return for his senior season and wrapped up his four-year career as arguably the most productive player in Ragin’ Cajuns and Sun Belt Conference history.

He pulled down a Sun Belt record 1,447 rebounds and scored 2,442 points in his career, averaging a double-double in each of his four seasons. He was at his best as a senior, earning conference Player of the Year honors as he averaged 18.9 points and 12.1 rebounds.

“This is not new to me. We still grinding,” Long tweeted after the draft. “God has a plan for me. I thank you all for your support but I’m aware that this is only the beginning.”

The most recent Cajuns player drafted is Elfrid Payton, who was selected with the 10th pick in 2014.