CAVALIERS SELECT ANDREW WIGGINS WITH THE FIRST OVERALL PICK IN THE 2014 NBA DRAFT
James W. Wade III | 6/27/2014, 9:31 a.m.
Thursday night proved to be a good one for the Cleveland Cavaliers as they selected Andrew Wiggins as the overall first round pick. Wiggins, 19, was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year and First-Team All-League in his only year at Kansas. The Ontario, Canada native was selected to the John R. Wooden All-American Team, and a Second Team All-America choice by the AP, NABC, USBWA, SI.com and Sporting News. In 35 contests with the Jayhawks, the 6-8, 200-pound guard averaged 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.0 block in 32.8 minutes per game. He set Kansas freshman records in scoring average (17.1 ppg), points (597), field goals attempted (422), free throws made (176) and free throws attempted (227), while connecting on .775 from the free throw line and .341 from the three-point line.
Wiggins led Kansas in steals with 41 and was second on the team with 34 blocked shots. He posted a career high and freshman record 41 points at West Virginia on March 8 (first Jayhawk to break the 40-point barrier since Terry Brown on Jan. 5, 1991). He has represented Canada in FIBA play and averaged 15.2 points with 7.6 rebounds at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, helping Canada finish third.
Joe Harris, 22, was selected in the second round spent four years at Virginia where he ranks first all-time in school history with 135 games played. The 6-6, 225-pound guard averaged 12.6 points and 3.8 rebounds in 30.3 minutes for his career at Virginia. He also connected on .407 from the three-point line and owns the second-most three-pointers made in school history (263). Harris was named Second Team All-ACC as a senior and First Team All-ACC as a junior. The Chelan, Washington native also averaged double figures in scoring in each of his four years at Virginia and ranked 11th all-time in school history with 1,698 points scored.
Last season, Harris helped lead Virginia to its second ever outright ACC regular season title, with a 16–2 conference record, as well as only their second ever ACC Tournament title.
It's being said that in his freshman season at Kansas, Wiggins was seen as the best NBA prospect since LeBron James, so good that Sports Illustrated put him on the cover in comparison to Jayhawks legend Wilt Chamberlain. Cleveland has a rep for their players on Sports Illustrated covers and jinx they bring.
Wiggins will be introduced Friday afternoon in Cleveland.
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