Cavaliers pick Andrew Wiggins No. 1 at NBA draft

Andrew Wiggins shakes hands with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected first overall by...

Andrew Wiggins shakes hands with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected first overall by Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in New York, June 26, 2014. (BRAD PENNER/USA Today)

Ryan Wolstat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:45 AM ET

BROOKLYN - Canada’s basketball prodigy has gone No. 1, putting an early exclamation mark on a huge night for Canadian hoops.

Vaughan, Ont.’s Andrew Wiggins was selected first overall by Cleveland, a year after the Cavaliers took Brampton’s Anthony Bennett with the first pick, Mississauga’s Nik Stauskas went No. 8 to the Sacramento Kings and the Phoenix Suns landed Brampton’s Tyler Ennis at No. 18.

Toronto’s Dwight Powell went in the second round, with the 45th pick, to the Charlotte Hornets.

Wiggins has been considered a potential top pick since he was 15 years old and when the big day finally came, he had some jitters, but Cleveland went with him over No. 2 Jabari Parker.

Wiggins was a YouTube sensation for his elite athleticism at just 13, and grew up to deal with the pressure admirably, leading Vaughan Secondary School to an Ontario championship, starring at Huntington Prep in West Virginia, and then turning in a fine freshman season at the University of Kansas.

Wiggins joins Bennett and Brampton’s Tristan Thompson, along with star American point guard Kyrie Irving.

“A thousand thoughts are going through my head right now. It’s a dream come true. I’ve been dreaming of this moment since I was a little kid,” Wiggins said. “My dream was just to make the NBA and now, going to high school and college, the opportunity of going No. 1 came into talk and now I accomplished that. So it’s a crazy feeling right now. I don’t even know how I feel. It doesn’t feel real right now.

But it is. Wiggins has fulfilled the destiny so many saw for him. Now, he will have to live up to the hype on a floundering franchise that has dreams of luring back LeBron James.

“I’m ready to kill,” he said.

And his pitch to James? “I want to win. If he wants to win, we’d be good together.”


Videos

Photos