Wiggins, Embiid selected in top three picks
By Rustin Dodd
By Rustin Dodd
The Kansas City Star
NEW YORK (MCT) — Former Kansas wing Andrew Wiggins was selected first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in Thursday night's NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, becoming the first Jayhawk to top the draft since 1988.
Former KU center Joel Embiid, who had surgery for a stress fracture in his right foot, was chosen just two picks later at No. 3 by the Philadelphia 76ers.
It was the first time in Kansas basketball history that two Jayhawks were picked in the top three of the same NBA Draft.
"It was a proud day," Wiggins said. "(JoJo and I), we became so close this year at Kansas. It was so good that I had the chance to really share the journey with somebody that's close to me.
For Wiggins, it was a night that was years in the making. When he arrived on campus last summer, he was already thought to be the consensus top pick in the 2014 draft. And Wiggins was pretty clear about his goals. He wanted to spend one season at Kansas, lead the Jayhawks to a NCAA Championship, and become the No. 1 pick in the draft.
Less than a year later, Wiggins has checked off two of those goals.
"A thousand thoughts are going through my head right now," Wiggins said. "It's a dream come true."
A native of Vaughan, Ontario, Wiggins became the all-time freshman scoring leader during his one season at Kansas, leading the Jayhawks to their 10th straight Big 12 title. He was selected first-team All-Big 12 and had a career-high 41 points in a loss to West Virginia in the Big 12 regular-season finale.
Now he's the No. 1 pick in the draft, and another journey begins.
"You never know what to expect," Wiggins said. "When they called my name, I was just all over the place."