More than two dozen picks into Thursday night’s NBA draft and not one senior has been selected.
It could last a bit longer.
Derrick White (Colorado), Wesley Iwundu (Kansas State) and Josh Hart (Villanova) are among the seniors who could — emphasis could — go late in the first round.
The Philadelphia 76ers selected guard Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.
Fultz averaged 23.2 points last season at Washington, tops among freshmen, and added 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game, the only Division I player to reach those stats. He walked across the stage Thursday night at Barclays Center wearing red sneakers made of basketballs.
The 76ers had the No. 1 pick for the second straight year after trading with the Boston Celtics on Monday. Now they add Fultz to a promising young core that includes Rookie of the Year finalists Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, plus Ben Simmons, the top pick from last year who sat out all season with a foot injury.
The Los Angeles Lakers have the second pick again and the Celtics moved down two spots to third after the deal with their Atlantic Division rivals.
Ultimately, the Boston Celtics took Jayson Tatum of Duke with the third pick.
The Celtics, who traded the top pick to the Sixers and moved down to No. 3, went with the Duke guard, whose scoring ability fits what Boston needs.
It marks the fourth straight year the Blue Devils have produced a top-three pick.
The Sacramento Kings picked Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox with the fifth selection, which officially breaks the record of four straight freshmen to open the 2014 draft.
While there were no surprises among the top five selections, Chicago and Minnesota got the wheeling and dealing started in earnest.
The Bulls traded Jimmy Butler and their 16th pick to Minnesota for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the TimberWolves’ seventh pick, two people told The Associated Press.
Butler will be reunited with coach Tom Thibodeau, who coached him previously in Chicago.