Andrew Wiggins of Kansas was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the No. 1 pick in today’s NBA Draft.
The Cavs went for a freshman from Canada to open the draft for the second straight year Thursday and will hope Wiggins works out better than Anthony Bennett.
Bennett was injured last summer, came into the season out of shape and made no impact, one of the reasons the Cavs were back in this spot again.
But Wiggins seems a much more ready product after averaging a Kansas freshman-record 17.1 points. He may have ended up as the top pick anyway, but became the best option for the Cavs once Jayhawks teammate Joel Embiid suffered a stress fracture in his right foot shortly before the draft.
The second pick by the Milwaukee Bucks was Jabari Parker of Duke. Most folks figured these would be the top two players selected in the 2014 draft. The third choice by the Philadelphia 76ers was Kansas center Joel Embiid. Some scouts were reluctant to pick him first because of injury issues.