The 2017 NBA Draft was a big one on Thursday (June 22), and the Philadelphia 76ers kicked things off by picking Markelle Fultz with the first overall pick.
After just one year at Washington, the 6-foot-5 point guard will joint Philly, after the team acquired the pick in a deal with the Boston Celtics days earlier… moving up two spots from No. 3.
“When I heard my name called … it was like God calling me,” Fultz said after being selected.
During his single college season with the Huskies, Fultz led all freshmen with 23.2 points, while also averaring 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists.
In at No. 2, as most expected, was UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, who will join the Los Angeles Lakers… and bring his outspoken father LaVar Ball with him. “This is crazy. It’s crazy. You can’t really tell with my emotion [over the phone]. But I feel good and I’m happy to be home,” Ball said on a conference call with reporters following his selection.
There was chatter that the Boston Celtics may trade the No. 3 pick, but kept it and selected Jayson Tatum with the third pick. The 19-year-old averaged 16.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists during his one season at Duke.
The Phoenix Suns chose Josh Jackson the fourth pick in Thursday night’s NBA draft. The 6-foot-8 forward out of Kansas averaged 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game, while also being named the Big 12 freshman of the year in his one season with the Jayhawks.
“I don’t think the other guys in this draft really care as much as I do,” Jackson said. “I don’t think they play as hard as I do, period. I think that’s what really makes me special. I refuse to fail, period.”
And finally, with the fifth pick in the draft, the Sacramento Kings picked Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox.
For a full list of the 2017 NBA Draft, visit the official website here.