27 Jun 2014

Cavs take Canada's Wiggins as top draft pick

4:01 pm on 27 June 2014

The Cleveland Cavaliers have taken Canada's Andrew Wiggins from the University of Kansas as the number one pick of the 2014 National Basketball Association Draft.

The 19-year-old Wiggins, an athletic 2.03-metre, or six-foot-eight guard with great leaping ability who averaged 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds last season as a freshman, joins a Cavs team that was 33-49 last season in the NBA.

Jabari Parker of North Carolina's Duke University - a polished offensively-minded forward - was taken with the second pick of the draft by the Milwaukee Bucks.

The third pick went to the Philadelphia 76ers, who selected Cameroon's 2.13-metre (seven feet) centre Cameroon's Joel Embiid from the University of Kansas - the potential defensive ace of the draft.

The Orlando Magic pounced on Arizona's two-metre (six feet nine) power forward Aaron Gordon, while Australia's Dante Exum - who skipped college and declared straight for the draft after high school in Canberra - was selected by the Utah Jazz with the fifth pick.

Four of the first eight players selected into the world's leading professional basketball league came from outside the United States, with Canada claiming another spot in the top 10 when the Sacramento Kings picked shooting guard Nik Stauskas from Michigan with the eighth choice.

A third Canadian player, Syracuse guard Tyler Ennis, was taken 18th by the Phoenix Suns.

In all 10 foreign players were taken in the first round, including Croatian Dario Saric (12), Jusuf Nurkic of Bosnia and Herzegovina (16), Bruno Caboclo of Brazil (20), Clint Capela of Switzerland (25) and Bogdan Bogdanovic of Serbia (27).