The debate is over and all of the mock drafts that have been circulating for weeks projecting where various draft prospects were going to go are now good only for scratch paper, as the 2014 NBA draft became official as of Thursday night.
When things finally got under way from the Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets, three of the top six players selected were from the Big 12 Conference. And heading the parade of talent was former Kansas Jayhawk Andrew Wiggins, who was the No, 1 overall pick and the top draft selection of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Wiggins averaged 17.1 points as a freshman last season at Kansas. He is the second consecutive Canadian to be selected No, 1 overall in the NBA draft. Anthony Bennett, formerly at Kentucky, was the first player taken in the draft a year ago, also by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Asked what he was feeling after hearing his name called out by NBA commissioner Adam Silver as the first player selected in the 2014 draft, Wiggin said: “A thousand thoughts are going through my head right now. It’s a dream come true.”
Wiggins was the No. 1 overall high-school prospect when he committed to play his collegiate basketball at Kansas in 2013.
Seven-foot former Jayhawk center Joel Embiid, who until he suffered a fractured foot recently was being projected by many draft analysts as the No. 1 overall pick on a number of mock draft boards, didn’t fall as far as some though he might, going No, 3 overall to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Marcus Smart from Oklahoma State, the 2012-13 Big 12 Player of the Year as a freshman, was the sixth overall pick in the draft, going to the Boston Celtics