Andrew Wiggins of Kansas

NBA Draft: Canadian Andrew Wiggins goes No. 1 overall to Cleveland Cavaliers (VIDEO)

Fellow Canucks Tyler Ennis and Nik Stauskas also expect to be picked early at the 2014 draft.

Andrew Wiggins is the second Canadian to be selected No. 1 overall in the NBA Draft, and the second to be selected by Cleveland.

On Thursday night, the Cavaliers made Wiggins the first pick in the 2014 Draft, passing over other talents like Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid.

Last year, in 2013, the Cavs made Anthony Bennett the first-ever Canadian to be picked No. 1 overall. The Boston Celtics then took B.C.’s Kelly Olynyk with the 13th overall pick.

After Wiggins was selected first overall, the Milwaukee Bucks took Parker (Duke University) with the No. 2, and Embiid (Kansas) was drafted third overall by the Philadelphia 76ers. Arizona’s Aaron Gordon was selected fourth overall by the Orlando Magic.

(The Toronto Raptors have the 20th overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft.)

Wiggins is 19 years old, from Toronto, Ont. He played his college basketball with the Kansas Jayhawks. Going to Cleveland, he joins the aforementioned Bennett and another Canadian, Toronto’s Tristan Thompson, in Ohio. (Thompson was drafted fourth overall by the Cavs in 2011.)

Fellow Canadians Nik Stauskas, and Tyler Ennis are both expected to be picked in the first round, perhaps by the Raptors.

Stauskas (Etobicoke, near Toronto) and Ennis (Brampton) are also from Ontario, like Wiggins.

(Last year’s first overall pick, Bennett, is also from Toronto.)

The three standouts talked about their expectations for Thursday night’s 2014 NBA Draft earlier in the day.

“We’re from Canada, it’s not the same as Americna players who grow up in front of the eyes of these scouts and analysts and get to know them,” said Ennis. “We kind of show up on the scene when we’re 15 and kind of have three summers to get our name out there, and that can help you or that can definitely hurt you.

“We have to kind of earn our way up and earn everybody’s respect.”

Video: The Canadian Press

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