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Canada's Andrew Wiggins picked No. 1 in NBA draft

Canada's Andrew Wiggins picked No. 1 in NBA draft

Posted by Shanelle Weir on June 27, 2014

Canada's Andrew Wiggins has been taken by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

The Cavs went for a freshman from Vaughan, Ont., to open the draft for the second straight year Thursday and will hope Wiggins works out better than Anthony Bennett of Brampton, Ont.

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.

Style Points

Andrew Wiggins' fashion statement was a clear winner, too. 

The 19-year-old phenom from Vaughan, Ont., wore a black Waraire Boswell jacket with a white floral print specially designed for the
occasion.

He finished the look with a black bow tie and black oversized glasses.

Photos of Wiggins had Twitter abuzz even before the draft began.

"We just wanted to do something different, really stand out, try to win it on both ends, the stylish points and to come No. 1," he said.

But Wiggins seems a much more ready product after averaging a Kansas freshman-record 17.1 points. He might have ended up as the top pick anyway, but became the best option for the Cavs when Jayhawks teammate Joel Embiid suffered a stress fracture in his right foot shortly before the draft.

"A thousand thoughts are going through my head right now," Wiggins said. "It's a dream come true. ...

"Going to high school and college, the opportunity and possibility of going No. 1 came into talk. And now I accomplished that, so it's just a crazy feeling right now. I don't even know how I feel. It doesn't even feel real right now."

Wiggins makes it three Canadians playing in Cleveland — the Cavs took forward Tristan Thompson of Brampton, Ont., fourth overall in the 2011.

On what's been previewed as an historic night for Canadian basketball, Nik Stauskas of Mississauga, Ont., went eighth overall to the Sacramento Kings.

 

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