By Jason Schott - Associate Editor - @JESchott19
Andrew Wiggins was chosen as the number one pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers at the 2014 NBA Draft at Barclays Center.
Wiggins said of being the top pick, "It;'s a dream come true. I've been dreaming of this moment since I was a little kid. My dream was just to make the NBA. Now going to high school and college, the opportunity and possibility of going No. 1 came into talk, and now I accomplished that."
He is the second straight number one overall pick by Cleveland, and the similarity between him and Anthony Bennett is that they're both Canadians from Toronto. Wiggins said of that, "Great thing for Toronto. Great thing for Canada, actually. Before this, no player from Canada has been No. 1, and now we have two back-to-back No. 1s. So it's a huge accomplishment for Canada. It just makes...opens so much more doors for all the kids in Canada, just international basketball by itself."
Wiggins said of how nerve-racking draft day was, "Today has been busy, busy, busy, a lot of running around, just preparing for this moment. It all just came so fast. You know, this time last year, I just graduated from high school. So this time just came so fast to me."
On if he though he could be the top pick, Wiggins said, "I always wanted to be the No. 1 pick, but come draft night anything can happen, trades or anything like that. You never know what to expect. So when they called my name, I was just all over the place."
Wiggins said of new Cleveland Head Coach David Blatt, "I talked to him. I ran into him when I went to go work out for Cleveland, the facility. I know he's a great coach, a European coach. I asked around, no player has never not liked him. He's a great coach, and I think he's going to do great things for our team and just help us on the come-up."
On being compared to the second pick in the Draft, Jabari Parker, "Good players will always be compared to each other, you know, but I never think of anything as a rivalry. I think that's what the media portrays it to be. On the court, doesn't matter who I'm going against, I'm going to go hard. I'm going to go to win and kill. Off the court, we can be friends. but on the court, it's a different story. I'll never treat one person differently on the court. Whoever is guarding me, whoever I'm guarding, I'm just going to win."
On how the spotlight in college can prepare him for the NBA, "I think college really prepares you for a level like this, especially a big-time basketball school like Kansas or Duke or a Kentucky, where you're always under the spotlight. You always have to watch your surroundings and watch what you do. You're basically treated like a rock star on campus or wherever you go in that state. I think that really translates to the NBA."
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