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Two U of A Players Selected in NBA Draft: Markkanen & Allen

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U of A Freshmen sensation Lauri Markkanen was selected 7th overall in the NBA draft by the Timberwolves, and ended up getting traded to the Chicago Bulls.  Arizona senior Kadeem Allen was taken in the second round by the Boston Celtics in one of the surprises of the draft.  Here's more from the Associated Press.

A pair of Pac-12 freshmen guards went 1-2 in Thursday's NBA draft.
    
The Philadelphia 76ers used the first pick to select Markelle Fultz of Washington, who was one of the most electrifying freshmen in college basketball last season. The 6-foot-4 Fultz averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds for the Huskies.
    
It's the second straight year the 76ers have owned the first overall selection. They acquired the pick from the Celtics on Monday and gave Boston the No. 3 choice.
    
The Lakers went with a local product with the No. 2 pick, getting UCLA guard Lonzo Ball. He wanted to remain in the Los Angeles area after averaging 14.6 points, 7.6 assists and six rebounds in his lone season as a Bruin.
    
The Celtics used the third pick to take Duke forward Jayson Tatum, who averaged 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds in his only season of college ball.
    
Kansas guard Josh Jackson went to the Suns with the No. 4 pick. Jackson furnished 16.3 points and 7.4 boards a game for the Jayhawks as a freshman last season.
    
The Kings grabbed Kentucky point guard De'Aaron Fox at No. 5. Fox averaged 16.7 points, 4.6 assists and four rebounds last season.
    
Orlando used the sixth choice to get Florida State forward Jonathan Isaac, who delivered 12 points and 7.8 boards a game.
    
The draft has already included a major trade involving the Bulls and Timberwolves. The Bulls are sending three-time All-Star Jimmy Butler and the 16th overall pick to Minnesota for Zach LaVine (lah-veen'), Kris Dunn and the No. 7 overall pick. The seventh pick became Arizona forward Lauri Markkanen.
    
French point guard Frank Ntilikina (tee-lih-KEE'-nuh) went to the Knicks with the eighth choice before Dallas landed North Carolina State guard Dennis Smith at No. 9.
    
The 10th selection was used by Sacramento to take Zach Collins before he was dealt to Portland for the draft rights to 15th pick Justin Jackson of North Carolina and No. 20 Harry Giles of Duke.
    
A record 16 freshmen were selected in the opening round, three coming from Kentucky. No seniors were taken with the first 28 picks.
    
 

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