Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Cavs Take KU's Andrew Wiggins with First Pick of NBA Draft

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Cavs Take KU's Andrew Wiggins with First Pick of NBA Draft

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LAWRENCE -- Andrew Wiggins got his wish.

The 6-foot-8, 200-pound Kansas freshman was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Cavs had five minutes to make the first pick, and they used every second before finally selecting Wiggins.

"I was nervous," Wiggins said. "It hit zero. It was a few minutes of waiting."

After hearing his name, Wiggins celebrated with friends and family and KU coach Bill Self.

Wiggins then put on a Cavs hat and stepped on stage wearing a black velvet tuxedo jacket trimmed with white flowers. He shook NBA commissioner Adam Silver's hand and posed for photos before making the interview rounds.

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

Wiggins' freshman teammate Joel Embiid slid to third to the Philadelphia 76ers, while Duke's Jabari Parker went second to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Wiggins averaged 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds in his only season as a Jayhawk and became the second KU player to go first overall. The other was Danny Manning with the Clippers in 1988.

Now as the top pick, Wiggins must try to back that up, and he plans on doing so by "just going in and creating an impact right off the bat, and just playing my game and have confidence in myself because I got to be myself because nobody else can."

In Wiggins, the Cavs are getting a talented scorer and defender, but as good as Wiggins was at KU, he might flourish in the NBA where there is more emphasis on spacing and teams often play more up- tempo than KU did last year.

"He's going to fit great," Self said. "He was going to fit great with whoever, but whoever picked him obviously has a few holes. But with Dion Waiters and Kyrie Irving and Andrew, and some other guys, that's a pretty formidable backcourt without question. …

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