Karl-Anthony Towns, right, is greeted by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being announced as the top pick, by the Minnesota Timberwolves, at the NBA basketball draft Thursday, June 25, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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Teen big man Karl-Anthony Towns was chosen by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the first pick Thursday in the NBA draft, while Satnam Singh Bhamara made history as the first India-born selection.Towns averaged 10.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots a game last season for a University of Kentucky squad that went unbeaten until losing to Wisconsin in the national college semifinals.Bhamara, a 19-year-old center from a small Punjab village, went 52nd overall to the Dallas Mavericks, the same NBA club that in 2001 made Wang Zhizhi the first Chinese player in an NBA game.Bhamara, a 7-foot-2 big man, became the first player in a decade taken after not playing for a U.S. college or overseas pro team, instead playing for the IMG Academy squad.The Los Angeles Lakers landed Ohio State guard D'Angelo Russell with the second pick while center Jahlil Okafor was taken third by the Philadelphia 76ers.Mudiay, who came to the United States in 2001 at age 5, averaged 18.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.6 steals for the Tigers last season.
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