Chuck Cooper: The First Black NBA Draft Pick Inducted To The 2019 Hall of Fame

On April 25th 1950 Chuck Cooper became the first African American drafted by a National Basketball Association team. The Bosten Celtics made him the first pick in the second round.  Two other African American players where selected after Cooper in the same draft.  they where Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton drafted by the New York Knicks and Earl Lloyd was drafted by the Washington Capitols. 

On April 26, 1950, Hunter became the first African American to sign a professional contract with any (NBA) team when he joined the WAshington Capitols.  He was cut from the team during training camp and never played for an NBA team. He later coached basketball for the United States mnen's national basketball Team, Tennessee State University, and the U.S. Olympic Basketball Team.