GEORGIA guard Anthony Edwards is headed to the Minnesota Timberwolves as the first pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
“It’s an indescribable feeling. I can’t even describe it,” Edwards said in a live ESPN interview moments after the selection was announced. “My family is emotional. I’m sure when I get off of here, I’m going to get emotional.”
Edwards, who turned 19 in August, is slated to receive a four-year contract worth $44.2 million under terms of the existing collective bargaining agreement.
It was the 11th consecutive draft in which the top player was a one-and-done at the college level.
Another college freshman, Memphis 7-footer James Wiseman, was selected No. 2 by the Golden State Warriors. Wiseman played only three games for the Tigers before an NCAA suspension directed him to the NBA.
Golden State reached the NBA finals five years in a row before leading the league in losses last season. The selection came on the same day the Warriors learned shooting guard Klay Thompson, who missed last season with a torn left anterior cruciate ligament, hurt his right leg in a pickup game.
“Being coached by Penny Hardaway and Mike Miller, I was already in an NBA system,” Wiseman said.