Duke accounted for half the ACC's total with Marvin Bagley III, Wendell Carter Jr. and Grayson Allen. Most of the expected lottery picks were featured walking down the stage with family members or friends alongside them, which is great for celebrating the players, except every player already gets plenty of camera time once the actual draft begins.
The Big 12 fell far short of matching its seven NCAA berths with only three first-round picks. Youth partly explains a two-year record of 57-107, including the 24-58 mark last season that landed Dallas the fifth pick before the draft-night trade with Atlanta on Thursday.
The Phoenix Suns stayed close to home for their first No. 1 pick.
The Dallas Mavericks are going Euro with their rebuild, the same way they did 20 years ago with Dirk Nowitzki.
The Suns never before had selected first overall in the draft, and with Ayton now on board, they hope not to do so again in the near future. Frankly, the exchange of Trae Young for Luka Doncic and the slide of Michael Porter Jr. were telegraphed by the time the Phoenix Suns were on the clock. Doncic, who led Real Madrid to the Spanish and EuroLeague titles and led Slovenia to the European title last summer, might be just the player to live up to that hype.
"What's more is it gives us relevancy points talking to fans", Rowley said of Ayton's impact on growth. "They were very nice to me, and I think we had a very good relationship".
"I think we had a few things early, a few things in the middle and a few things late". We will break them down here, starting with the big victor of the entire evening: The Dallas Mavericks, who landed the best player in the draft. "Going through the process of going to the U of A and the fans support me, it was just phenomenal".
The 19-year-old ranked among the national leaders in rebounds (11.6 per game) and blocks (1.9 per game) last season as a one-and-done freshman.
Deandre Ayton is now the second Bahamian player to go No.1, since 1978 when Mychal Thompson was the only other player to go No.1 from the Bahamas. In the second round, they drafted point guard Elie Okobo and Colorado wing George King, who played against Ayton in college. Multiple reports had him declining to work out for the team, who ultimately went with Alabama's Collin Sexton with the eighth pick. But they ended up disappointed as NY went with Kentucky's Kevin Knox.
They need to decide whether or not they want Ulis on the team.
With the hopes of making up from the bad trade they a made a year ago, the Denver Nuggets took a chance on drafting Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr.
There were a couple other trades involving lottery picks.
The Phoenix Suns traded with the 76ers to get Villanova's Mikal Bridges in the first round. The 2018 Final Four Most Outstanding Player went No. 17 overall to the Milwaukee Bucks, who made the postseason previous year and will presumably get a lot of national exposure thanks to the presence of Giannis Antetokounmpo. After being picked, shaking the commissioners' hand and walking across the stage, the players then faced a barrage of poor interview questions.
Also selected in the bottom third of the first round were: Boise State forward Chandler Hutchison (22nd by Chicago), University of California Los Angeles point guard Aaron Holiday (23rd by the Indiana Pacers), IMG Academy point guard Anfernee Simons (24th by the Portland Trail Blazers), Michigan centre Moritz Wagner (25th by the Los Angeles Lakers), Wichita State guard Landry Shamet (26th by Philadelphia), and Bosnia & Herzegovina forward Dzanan Musa (29th by Brooklyn).
Twenty years later, Dirk Nowitzki is the highest-scoring foreign-born player in league history.
Speaking of brothers, Kostas Antetokounmpo of Dayton, brother of Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo, was the 60th and final pick by Philadelphia.