The Cavaliers have selected guard Andrew Wiggins with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Andrew Wiggins is coming to Cleveland.
The Cleveland Cavaliers selected the 6-foot-8, 200-pound small forward with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
"We had some really spirited discussions about trade options that were available to us, but most of which were not accurately reported by the media," Cavaliers general manager David Griffin said to ESPN. "Many of the things said to have been offered never came up. We knew for quite some time in our minds who we wanted to take if we kept the pick.
"We really believe, at this point, for Andrew, his defense is a skill set. He does it with the fast-twitch muscle fiber in his body. That's unusual. I had the opportunity to work with Shawn Marion at one point. He's an incredibly quick player off the floor and quick laterally and guarded multiple positions. That was something that really spoke to me about Andrew, and I know it spoke to our coaching staff as well, and all of our scouts felt he had the most upside."
Wiggins, a native of Thornhill, Ontario, Canada, and product of the University of Kansas, was an early entry into the NBA Draft, after he averaged 17.1 points, pulled down 5.9 rebounds and handed out 1.5 assists over 32.8 minutes in 35 games for the Jayhawks.
He shot 44.8 percent from the field, 43 of 126 (34.1 percent) from three-point range and hit better than 77 percent of his free throws.
"It's important for all of these kids, not the 'Alpha Dog' part, but do they have what it takes to get through adversity?" Griffin said. "We really dove into that. We paid a lot of attention to those things. What made us comfortable was he realizes what his potential really is and he seems to have a legitimate desire to reach it. These kids are all going to be as good as they're willing to work to be."
Although Wiggins, the Cavaliers' third No. 1 overall pick in the last four seasons, played only one year at Kansas, he more than made his mark under the direction of coach Bill Self.
Wiggins was a second-team All-American, Big 12 Freshman of the Year, and first-team all-conference selection after setting freshman scoring records for points per game, points scored (597), field goals attempted (422), free throws made (176) and attempted (227). He also scored a freshman record 41 points at West Virginia, which made him the first Jayhawk to score 40 or more points since Terry Brown tallied 42 on Jan. 5, 1991.
In addition to his time at Kansas, Wiggins represented Canada at the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship and the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Canada finished with a bronze medal in 2010 and third in 2012, as Wiggins averaged 15.2 points and 7.6 rebounds in the latter tournament.
Along with forward Tristan Thompson, whom the Cavaliers selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, and fellow forward Anthony Bennett last year, Wiggins is their third first-rounder from Canada in the last four years.
Wiggins is the Cavaliers' sixth No. 1 overall selection, a group that includes guard Austin Carr in 1971, center Brad Daugherty in 1986, forward LeBron James in 2003, point guard Kyrie Irving in 2011 and Bennett in 2013.
He is also the sixth foreign-born player selected with the No. 1 overall pick. Only centers Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria), Patrick Ewing (Jamaica), Andrew Bogut (Australia), and Andrea Bargnani (Italy), as well as Bennett, are non-U.S. born players drafted No. 1 overall.