NEW YORK -- It would be termed the one-and-done draft, at least as far as the top picks are concerned. The first four players selected in Thursday's NBA draft at the Barclays Center were all hotshot players who stayed in college for just one season. And the fifth never entered a U.S. college.
Andrew Wiggins was selected first by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Sixers, who had an obvious desire for Wiggins, made a push to trade for the top pick.
After Duke freshman Jabari Parker went second to the Milwaukee Bucks, the Sixers selected Kansas first-year center Joel Embiid.
Arizona freshman forward Aaron Gordon went fourth to the Orlando Magic.
Then somebody with no U.S. college experience was selected next. Dante Exum, the Australian point guard who turns 19 next month, went fifth to the Utah Jazz.
The string of fresh-faced players was snapped when the Boston Celtics chose Oklahoma State sophomore point guard Marcus Smart with the No. 6 selection.
Two other freshmen would go in the Top 10. Kentucky forward Julius Randle was drafted No. 7 by the Los Angeles Lakers and Indiana forward Noah Vonleh went ninth to the Charlotte Hornets.
Selecting 10th, the Philadelphia 76ers chose Louisiana-Lafayette junior point guard Elfrid Payton, but he reportedly was traded to Orlando for the No. 12 pick, Croatian forward Dario Saric.
Wiggins became the second consecutive Canadian taken first overall by Cavaliers. Last season the Cavs drafted Anthony Bennett of UNLV as the NBA's top pick.
This past season Wiggins averaged 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds for Kansas and is considered among the best athletes in the draft.
Wiggins is the 11th international player drafted first overall.
"It's a great thing for Toronto, great thing for Canada actually," said Wiggins, whose father Mitchell played for Chicago, Houston and the 76ers during six NBA seasons.
Parker had said the day before that he was going to be selected by Milwaukee and he proved prophetic.
"I was just going with what I was given," Parker said. "They told me that they're all in."
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