Cavs Select Collin Sexton at #8

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CAVALIERS SELECT COLLIN SEXTON WITH EIGHTH OVERALL PICK IN THE 2018 NBA DRAFT 

GUARD AVERAGED 19.2 POINTS, 3.8 REBOUNDS AND 3.6 ASSISTS DURING HIS FRESHMAN YEAR AT ALABAMA;

WAS NAMED 2017-18 SEC NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR AND CO-FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

 

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers selected guard Collin Sexton from the University of Alabama with the eighth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

 

Sexton  (6-3, 190) played one year collegiately at Alabama, averaging 19.2  points (second-most in SEC), 3.8 rebounds and a team-high 3.6 assists in  33 games (32 starts) during 2017-18. His 632 total points were the  third-most for any player in a single season in school history as well  as the most ever by an Alabama freshman. Sexton scored 10 points or more  on 29 occasions, 20 points or more 16 times and 30 points or more in  three contests. He set an Alabama freshman scoring record with 40  points, including 31 in the second half, on Nov. 25 against Minnesota,  while also becoming the first Tide player to score 40 points in a game  since 1979. Sexton also helped lead Alabama to its first NCAA tournament  win since 2006 with a victory over Virginia Tech on March 15.

 

Following his freshman campaign, Sexton was named 2017-18 SEC Newcomer of the Year and Co-Freshman of the Year, becoming  just the second Alabama player to ever earn the Freshman honor (Mo  Williams, 2002). He also earned All-SEC First Team honors as voted by  media, and was tabbed All-SEC Second Team and All-Freshman Team by SEC  coaches. A 2017-18 AP Honorable Mention All-America selection, Sexton  was additionally named to the SEC All-Tournament team after scoring a  school-record 79 points over the Tide’s three games.

 

The  Marietta, Ga. native played at Pebblebrook High School (Mableton, Ga.),  where he was a 2016-17 Naismith High School All-American Second Team  selection. He won a gold medal with USA Basketball at the 2016 FIBA  Under-17 World Championship in Zaragoza, Spain, and was named MVP of the  tournament after leading Team USA in both scoring and assists.

 

 

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