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Kentucky's Towns and Ohio State's Russell selected first and second overall

(Source: FOX19 NOW file) (Source: FOX19 NOW file)
FOX19 - With the first pick in the 2015 NBA Draft the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Karl-Anthony Towns out of the University of Kentucky in Brooklyn on Thursday night. D'Angelo Russell, out of Ohio State, was selected right behind Towns by the Los Angeles Lakers. 

Towns, 19, played one season at UK and helped lead the Wildcats to the final four where they lost to Wisconsin. The 6-foot-11 big man is a two-way player that can impact the game on both ends of the floor. The freshman sensation averaged 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in 21.1 minutes per game with UK.

Russell led Ohio State to the third round of the NCAA tournament where they fell to Arizona. Russell, standing 6-foot-5, boasts a 6-foot-10 wingspan. The freshman guard averaged 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5 assists per game at Ohio State.

He had a high usage rate at Ohio State, but he remained efficient. He ranked in the top five in assist percentage, 3-point percentage, and Player Efficiency Rating in the Big 10.

Towns wasn't the only Wildcat selected in the lottery. UK had a total four players picked in the top 15 of the draft.

Willie Cauley-Stein was picked 6th overall to the Sacramento Kings and will join former Wildcat, DeMarcus ‘Boogie' Cousins. Trey Lyles was taken with the 12th pick to the Utah Jazz. Devin Booker will also join a former Wildcat, Eric Bledsoe, after he got picked 13th overall to the Phoenix Suns.

Terry Rozier out of Louisville, was taken with the 16th pick to the Boston Celtics. Rozier led the Cardinals to the Elite 8 where they lost to Michigan State. He averaged 17.1 points and 3.0 assists per game his sophomore year at Louisville.

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