NBA Draft: UD freshman, Middletown native,OSU star chosen in 2nd Round

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NEW YORK (AP) — THE NBA Draft wrapped up Thursday night with a UD connection.

The Philadelphia 76ers selected Flyers redshirt freshman forward Kostas Antetokounmpo with the 60th and final pick in Thursday’s draft.

Antetokounmpo left UD after last season, where he averaged more than five points and nearly three rebounds per game.He is the younger brother of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Another player from the Miami Valley heard his name called during Thursday’s draft. Former Middletown standout Vincent Edwards went 52nd overall to Utah. The Jazz later traded Edwards’ rights to the Houston Rockets.

Edwards starred at Purdue, leading the Boilermakers to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tourmament.

Another Big 10 connection also came off the board in the second round. Ohio State standout Keita Bates-Diop went to the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 48th pick.

Bates-Diop was Big Ten Player of the Year as a junior, averaging nearly 20 points and nine rebounds per game.

The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Alabama guard Collin Sexton with the No. 8 pick in the NBA draft, taking a playmaker they hope convinces LeBron James to re-sign with them.

Sexton averaged 19.2 points and 3.6 assists as a freshman for the Crimson Tide. The 19-year-old also carried them to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012.

The confident 6-foot-3, 190-pounder is a proven scorer and he addresses a major need for the Cavs, who traded All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving to Boston last year.

The Cavs, who were swept in the Finals by Golden State, spent this season in a desperate search to replace Irving.

Cleveland entered the draft in the dark on James’ plans. The  three-time champion must notify the team by June 29 on whether he intends to opt out of his $35.6 million contract for next season — a move he is expected to make.

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