Six Cats selected in NBA Draft

By Arpan Dixit

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The NBA Draft on Thursday night was once again dominated by UK as six players from the historic 38-1 team were drafted.

The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Karl-Anthony Towns as the No.1 pick, joining John Wall and Anthony Davis as the only UK players to ever be selected first overall.

Willie Cauley-Stein followed Towns as the No. 6 pick to the Sacramento Kings. The seven-footer will be joining former wildcat DeMarcus Cousins.

Trey Lyles was selected at No. 12 to the Utah Jazz. Devin Booker was the No. 13 pick to the Phoenix Suns joining former UK players Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight, and Archie Goodwin.

The Suns also selected Andrew Harrison in the second round at No. 44., but chose to give up their draft rights for Harrison to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Dakari Johnson was the No. 48 pick selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Aaron Harrison, who was projected as a late second round pick in most mock drafts, went undrafted. However, Harrison will join the Charlotte Hornets for the NBA Summer League beginning in July.

Former UK players Darius Miller, DeAndre Liggins, and Josh Harrellson also found themselves on an NBA Summer League team after the draft concluded.

Miller, who won a championship with Brose Baskets in the top basketball league in Germany, will get a chance with the Dallas Mavericks.

Harrellson, who played in China last season, will play for the Suns summer league team.

Liggins, who played in Russia and Germany last season, will join Cauley-Stein on the Kings.