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Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Jayson Tatum Go in the Top Three in 2017 NBA Draft

In the end, each of the top three teams seemed to get exactly what they wanted. Philadelphia traded their third pick and other concessions for the top pick with the Boston Celtics. With the trade, the 76’ers locked up the top prospect in Markelle Fultz.

“It was unbelievable really, truly a blessing,” said Fultz when asked how it felt when he heard his name called. “It’s something I’ve been dreaming. Last night I was just sitting down thinking about hearing my name called. It was unreal really. When I heard my name called, it was like God calling me. I’m just happy.”

The Lakers got their point guard of the future, and a player that fits in the Hollywood lifestyle in Lonzo Ball.

“It’s a dream come true, Glory to God and thank you to everyone for helping me get here,” said Ball when asked about going second to the Lakers.

Asked about the opportunity to learn from Magic Johnson, “It’s crazy,” Ball stated. “I couldn’t ask for anything more. To be able to learn from him is truly a blessing.”

The Celtics picked up maybe the most NBA ready player of the three in Duke sensation Jayson Tatum.

“It’s an incredible feeling,” Tatum said in response to his selection to the Celtics. “Got to give honor to God to be in this position. The feeling is everything I wished for and more. I’m trying not to cry right now.”

Fultz made history tonight as the first ever Washington Husky to go as the top overall pick. Many thought the first ten picks could be freshmen, a streak broken when the New York Knicks selected International French sensation Frank Ntilikina with the eighth pick.

Overall, sixteen freshmen were selected in the first round led by the top seven picks, including nine out of the top ten.

  1. Philadelphia – Markelle Fultz – Washington – Freshman
  2. Los Angeles Lakers – Lonzo Ball – UCLA – Freshman
  3. Boston Celtics – Jayson Tatum – Duke – Freshman
  4. Phoenix Suns – Josh Jackson – Kansas – Freshman
  5. Sacramento – De’Aaron Fox – Kentucky – Freshman
  6. Orlando – Jonathan Isaac – Florida State – Freshman
  7. Chicago – Lauri Markkanen – Arizona – Freshman
  8. New York – Frank Ntilikina – International
  9. Dallas – Dennis Smith Jr – NC State – Freshman
  10. Sacramento – Zach Collins – Gonzaga – Freshman

Find the complete first and second round picks, videos of the top 10 selections, video interviews of the top five draft choices, photos and more from the NBA Draft on our NBA Draft Live Blog.

 

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