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Wolves select UCLA guard LaVine with 13th pick


The Minnesota Timberwolves selected UCLA guard Zach LaVine with the 13th pick in Thursday night's NBA Draft.

LaVine wasn't a starter, during his freshman year with the Bruins, but he did play extended minutes in all 37 games. He averaged 9.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.

At 19, LaVine spent just one year at UCLA, he is raw, but is incredibly athletic.

LaVine stands 6-foot-4, his wing span stretches more than 6-feet, 8-inches.

The Pioneer Press reports LaVine was named the state of Washington's player of the year at Bothell High School. He averaged 28.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

"He has to improve on his finishing," said ESPN analyst Jay Bilas on the draft telecast. "But you can't teach the athleticism that he's got in the NBA."

According to the blog Canius Hoopus, LaVine is a major long-term project.

He has impressive physical tools, but clearly has not yet learned to use them effectively on the basketball court. When and whether he will ever do so is the question.

The pick really wasn't a surprise, the Wolves had been rumored to have promised LaVine they would select him if he was available at 13.

It's the second consecutive year the Wolves have selected a UCLA player with a lottery pick. Last year they selected Shabazz Muhammed with their first of two first round picks.

Here are a few highlights of the Wolves first-round pick.

LaVine may not be as excited to be with the Timberwolves as they were to pick him. This was his reaction to being drafted by the Wolves.

  • The Wolves selected Michigan's Glenn Robinson III with their second round pick. Robinson shot 52 percent from the field and averaged 12 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, in two seasons with the Wolverines.

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