The Los Angeles Lakers landed their first-choice player from this year’s NBA draft class as highly-rated college prospect Lonzo Ball joined his hometown franchise.
Ball, a 6ft 6ins point guard from Anaheim who broke the UCLA record for most assists in a season, was selected by the Lakers with the second pick.
At Staples Center he will work with Magic Johnson, a long-serving point guard with the Lakers and two-time Hall of Famer who now works as their president of basketball operations.
Ball told nba.com/lakers: “It’s crazy. I couldn’t ask for anything more. Just to be able to learn from him every day should be amazing.
“My dad loved him and loved the way the Lakers played. I kind of patterned my game after that.
“Magic Johnson is one of the greatest players to ever play… he’s the best point guard to ever play, so I can learn a lot of things from him.”
Markelle Fultz was the number-one overall selection and was chosen by the Philadelphia 76ers. The 19-year-old from Maryland declared for the 2017 draft after a successful spell with Washington.
Elsewhere, the Boston Celtics picked small forward Jayson Tatum, shooting guard Josh Jackson moved to the Phoenix Suns and the Sacramento Kings plumped for De’Aaron Fox from Kentucky.
The Orlando Magic took Jonathan Isaac, the Minnesota Timberwolves chose seven-foot Finn Lauri Markkanen and the New York Knicks picked Frank Ntilikina of Strasbourg, France.