The Detroit Pistons selected Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham with the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, making him the school’s first top overall pick in program history. He’s the fourth top-10 pick in school history.
Cunningham, an Arlington native, drew plenty of national attention during his freshman season with Oklahoma State last year. He averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists while shooting 44% from the floor and 40% from 3-point range. He won the Wayman Tisdale Award as the top freshman in college basketball.
Cunningham had been widely expected to be the first name called in New York, though Pistons general manager Troy Weaver wouldn’t reveal plans earlier this week and said the team would look at every scenario, including trades.
“It’s still pretty surreal to me,” Cunningham said after the pick. “I know how much responsibility comes with being the No. 1 pick. I know how much responsibility a city will put on the guy that they take No. 1. I’m more than excited to take on those tasks and try to deliver to the city of Detroit.”
Some experts compared Cunningham, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound point guard, to Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound point guard.
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Source: Dallas Morning News