Cavs Take Point Guard With 8th Pick

Alabama's Collin Sexton is congratulated by friends and family after he was picked eighth overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers during the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Alabama point guard Collin Sexton with the 8th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Various internet reports say Sexton is a 6’2-185 pounder out of Alabama and was coached by former NBA Champion point guard Avery Johnson. On the Cavs official press release the Wine and Gold” list Sexton at 6’3-190 pounds.

He averaged 19 points per game and dished out about 4 assists per game for the Tide during his freshman year.

Sexton has good handles, fast from end to end with the ball, despite his size can play above the rim, is relentless and plays with consistent energy.

An average outside shooter at best, is inconsistent in his decision making and can get swallowed up in traffic because of his size.

He will wear number 2 for the Cavs in his rookie season.

For more on the Cavaliers first round pick, here is part of the Cavs official press release on Sexton:

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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