NBA draft roundup | Richmond Free Press


The NBA draft has come and gone and only time will tell who will rise to stardom and who will sink.

A few observations from the June 21 event in Brooklyn, N.Y.:

Top of the ladder: With its first-ever No. 1 overall draft pick, the Phoenix Suns selected 7-foot Deandre Ayton of the University of Arizona, who has a 7-foot-5 wingspan.

Ayton, who played just one season at Arizona, becomes the first Wildcat chosen as the top pick.

The native Bahamian becomes the fifth foreign-born athlete in the last six years to be selected first overall. Others were Canadians Anthony Bennett (2013) and Andrew Wiggins (2014), Carl-Anthony Towns (2015) of the Dominican Republic and Ben Simmons (2016) from Australia.

The top selection last year, by the Philadelphia 76ers, was Washington, D.C., native…

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