NBA champions the Golden State Warriors selected Cincinnati Bearcats guard Jacob Evans in the 2018 draft.
The 21-year-old, who played college basketball for the University of Cincinnati team, will join Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and others as they fight for a third consecutive title next season.
Golden State were given the 28th pick in the draft, while NBA finalists the Cleveland Cavaliers had eighth choice, selecting Collin Sexton.
Alabama’s highly rated 19-year-old point guard quickly appealed to LeBron James to re-sign with Cleveland.
He told Fox Sports: “Man, LeBron, let’s do it… I see you need a few extra pieces this past season, and let’s do it. Let’s go back to the finals.”
The Phoenix Suns had the first pick of the night and went local with Deandre Ayton of the Arizona Wildcats.
The Suns, who had the worst NBA regular season record at 21-61, were drawn last out at the NBA draft lottery.
The second pick went to the Sacramento Kings, who selected Duke Blue Devils’ 19-year-old power forward Marvin Bagley.
The Atlanta Hawks went third in the draft and chose Dallas Mavericks’ Slovenian shooting guard Luka Doncic, 19.
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