With the first pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves choose Kentucky big man, Karl-Anthony Towns.
The T-Wolves selected the 6-foot-11 freshman sensation with the Draft’s first overall pick on Thursday night (June 25) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The 19-year-old averaged 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in 21.1 minutes per game in his only season with the Wildcats… and was believed to be the top overall selection by experts heading into the draft.
“When [commissioner] Adam Silver came out, I saw him, and he said, ‘With the No. 1 pick …'[my heart] was racing,” Towns said. “I told Coach Cal [John Calipari] before when he first came out that I was trying to drink water and I was shaking uncontrollably, and I told him, ‘Coach, don’t give me the ball right now for the last-second shot. I wouldn’t make it.’ I was just shocked and just extremely happy that I was able to give my parents something they can remember for the rest of their lives.”
“It really was a no-brainer,” Timberwolves president and coach Flip Saunders said of the decision to draft Towns.
The Timberwolves, who are in rebuilding mode, hope that Towns and last year’s No. 1 pick, Andrew Wiggins, can be a formidable duo for years to come.
After Towns, the Los Angeles Lakers passed on selecting Duke freshman center Jahlil Okafor to take Ohio State freshman point guard D’Angelo Russell with the No. 2 overall pick.
Okafor went No. 3 overall to the Philadelphia 76ers, the New York Knicks picked Latvian big man Kristaps Porzingis with the No. 4 overall pick, and Croatian forward Mario Hezonja was selected by the Orlando Magic to round out the top five.