Andrew Wiggins of Kansas

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

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Thousands protested in Victoria following the death of George Floyd in the U.S. (Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. is not exempt: New report documents 150 years of racism and the fight against it

Booklet marks province’s 150th anniversary with call for transparency, change

Aerial view of the Capital Regional District residuals treatment facility at Hartland Landfill where residual solids are turned into Class A biosolids. (Photo courtesy CRD)
Plant closure sends more biosolids to Hartland Landfill

Saanich residents are concerned they were never consulted

Sgt. Sandrine Perry in the Oak Bay Police Department interview room that has been softened with household features to better accommodate survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Oak Bay police interview room gets a makeover

Room made less daunting for victims of trauma

BC Housing ensures that by March 31, shelter will be available to all people living outside. (Black Press Media file photo)
All unhoused Victoria residents will be offered shelter by March 31, says BC Housing

BC Housing working to secure shelter locations in coming weeks

Robert Schram, here seen in January 2016, died Saturday, according to a friend. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sidney, Saanich Peninsula mourn the death of Mr. Beads

Bead artist Robert Schram was a familiar, well-loved figure in Sidney and beyond

Langley resident Carrie MacKay shared a video showing how stairs are a challenge after spending weeks in hospital battling COVID-19 (Special to Langley Advance Times)
VIDEO: Stairs a challenge for B.C. woman who chronicled COVID-19 battle

‘I can now walk for six (to) 10 minutes a day’

The Nanaimo Clippers in action at Frank Crane Arena in early 2020. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo Clippers for sale, owner says hockey won’t be back to normal any time soon

Wes Mussio says he’s had numerous inquiries about the junior A club already

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s coronavirus situation, May 8, 2020. (B.C. government photo)
B.C.’s weekend COVID-19 cases: 532 Saturday, 508 Sunday, 438 Monday

Fraser Health still has most, eight more coronavirus deaths

B.C. Attorney General David Eby speaks in the legislature, Dec. 7, 2020. Eby was given responsibility for housing after the October 2020 provincial election. (Hansard TV)
B.C. extends COVID-19 rent freeze again, to the end of 2021

‘Renoviction’ rules tightened, rent capped to inflation in 2022

Face mask hangs from a rear-view mirror. (Black Press image)
B.C. CDC unveils guide on how to carpool during the pandemic

Wearing masks, keeping windows open key to slowing the spread of COVID-19

Churches, including Langley’s Riverside Calvary Church, are challenging the regulations barring them from holding in-person worship services during COVID-19. (Langley Advance Times file)
Det. Sgt. Jim Callender. (Hamilton Police Service screenshot)
B.C. man dead, woman seriously injured after shooting in Hamilton, Ont.

The man was in the process of moving to the greater Toronto area, police say

Police have identified the vehicle involved in the Feb. 14 hit-and-run in Chemainus and are continuing to investigate. (Black Press Media files)
Police seize and identify suspect vehicle in hit-and-run

Investigation into death expected to be lengthy and involved

(Black Press file photo)
Child in critical condition, homicide investigators probe incident near Agassiz

The child was transported to hospital but is not expected to survive

Most Read