Sixteen Freshmen Selected in First Round of NBA Draft

The first seven players chosen in the NBA Draft on Thursday night were freshmen. To open the Draft the Philadelphia 76ers took Markelle Fultz as the overall No. 1 pick.

Fultz was followed by Lonzo Ball who was picked by the Lakers, then Jayson Tatum by the Celtics, Josh Jackson by the Suns, De’Aaron Fox taken by Sacramento and Jonathan Isaac taken No. 6 by Magic.

Fox is considered by several scouts as one of the best in the draft thanks to being the fastest in the draft and how he attacks every time he has the ball. His defense during his one year at Kentucky helped the Wildcats to shut down opposing offenses.

Offensively, Fox is hard to stop as he scored 39 points in a Sweet 16 win by Kentucky over Ball and UCLA to send the Wildcats to the Elite Eight.

During the first round of the Draft on Thursday 16 freshmen were chosen setting a new record.

The Minnesota Timberwolves drafted Lauri Markkanen with the No. 7 pick. He is a freshman from Finland and is part of the deal that Minnesota and Chicago put together that sent Jimmy Butler to the T-Wolves.

The New York Knicks with the No. 8 pick overall took Frank Ntilikina breaking the run of freshmen drafted.

However, the Dallas Mavericks started the freshmen trend over again with the No. 9 pick selecting freshmen Dennis Smith voted the freshmen of the year in the ACC.

Gonzaga’s Zach Collins a freshmen forward was picked No. 10 by Sacramento, but was then traded to Portland. Charlotte took another player from Kentucky as it drafted freshman Malik Monk with its No. 11 pick.

Luke Kennard a shooting guard from Duke was the first sophomore taken at No. 12 by Detroit. Another sophomore followed Kennard when Donovan Mitchell was selected out of Louisville by Denver at No. 13, but was then dealt to Utah in a trade that sent Trey Lyles to Denver.

The third freshman from Kentucky drafted during the first round was Bam Adebayo who Miami took with their No. 14 pick.

Justin Jackson from North Carolina became the first junior drafted when he went at No. 15 to Portland, but was sent to Sacramento.

Another freshman was selected No. 16 when Creighton center Justin Patton was drafted by Minnesota.

The annual draft did not have any huge block buster trades with household names changing uniforms with the exception of Butler moving over to Minnesota from Chicago.