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Andrew Wiggins becomes Kansas’ second top overall pick in program history

Jun 26, 2014, 7:47 PM EDT

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Former Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins made history Thursday evening, with the Cleveland Cavaliers making him their choice with the top overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

This is the second consecutive year the Cavaliers have held the top selection, and once again they’ve selected a player who grew up in Canada. Last season the Cavaliers selected forward Anthony Bennett, who attended Findlay Prep and played one season at UNLV before entering the NBA Draft.

As for the Kansas connection, Wiggins becomes the second player in program history to be selected with the top pick. Danny Manning was the first, with the Los Angeles Clippers picking him in the 1988 NBA Draft just a couple months after he led the Jayhawks to a national title. Wilt Chamberlain was a territorial pick of the Philadelphia Warriors in the 1959 NBA Draft.

Cleveland now has three number one picks on its roster, with Wiggins joining Bennett and Kyrie Irving (2011).

  1. elcaminobilly - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:44 AM

    In an odd coincidence, both Manning and Wiggins are second generation NBA players- the only two times in NBA history the #1 pick was a second generation player, in fact.

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