The Cavaliers selected Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins with the first pick of the NBA draft on Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The player with explosive speed and jumping ability was thought to be the team’s top choice for much of the time leading up to the deal.
Cleveland entertained trade proposals from several teams through the process. On Thursday afternoon, the team said ‘no thanks’ to an overture from Philadelphia involving multiple draft picks, but stayed true to its course and kept the pick to take Wiggins.
Welcome to the Cleveland @22wiggins! The sky is the limit for you, this franchise and this city…Let’s go!
— Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) June 26, 2014
“I was nervous at zero when the clock went down and was anxious until I was picked,” said Wiggins when he was interviewed right after being selected.
The 6’8″, 197-lb. Wiggins, 19, averaged 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists in his freshman season for Kansas.
The beauty of Wiggins is his ability to defend and he will fit in right away as a defensive star for the Wine and Gold.
Wiggins grew up in the Toronto suburb of Vaughan, the fourth of six children of former NBA player Mitchell Wiggins and former Canadian sprinter Marita Payne. He started high school in Canada before finishing at Huntington Prep in West Virginia.
The debate raged right up until the draft on whether the Cavs would take Wiggins or Jabari Parker. Parker was selected second overall by Milwaukee.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) June 27, 2014
Meanwhile, in Round 2 with the 33rd overall pick of the NBA Draft, the Cavs selected Joe Harris from the University of Virginia.