The Minnesota Timberwolves have selected Karl-Anthony Towns from the University of Kentucky with the first overall pick of the 2015 NBA Basketball Draft in New York.
The 19-year-old centre is considered an ideal modern NBA big man as he boasts a lethal combination of defensive domination, low post scoring brilliance and the ability to shoot from outside.
The versatile, 6-foot-11 (2.11m) Towns averaged 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 56.6 percent from the floor as a freshman for a University of Kentucky team that went 38-0 in the regular college season.
A top-flight shot blocker and strong rebounder, Towns has a variety of effective offensive moves in the post and can also step out and shoot with range.
The Los Angeles Lakers made 6-foot-5 guard D'Angelo Russell from Ohio State University the second pick of the draft.
The 30 NBA teams will hold two rounds of selections.