Adrian Wojnarowski breaks down why the Pistons selected Cade Cunningham as their No. 1. (1:14)
The Detroit Pistons made the decision to pick Cade Cunningham from Oklahoma State with the No. Sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that the Detroit Pistons will pick No. 1 in Thursday's NBA draft.
On Wednesday, Detroit officials traveled to New York to meet with Cunningham and finalize the decision to pick him as No. Wojnarowski was told by sources that Cunningham will be No. 1 in Thursday's meetings.
Sources told ESPN that Cunningham will be taken by the Pistons. They also expect the Houston Rockets to continue their trend towards Jalen Green as the No. 2 pick. The Cleveland Cavaliers are also trending towards Evan Mobley at Number. Sources claim that 3
Cunningham, a 6-foot-8 point guard, is a dynamic player who was named Big 12 Player of Year in his first season and was a consensus All-American.
Cunningham won the Wayman Tisdale Award for college basketball's top freshman. He scored 20.1 points per game, which is the fourth-highest score by a freshman in league history. Cunningham also ranked in the top 10 in rebounding (6.2), field goal percentage (0.438, eighth), and free throw percentage (0.846, third).
Cunningham saved his best moments for the last-minute surges. He scored 10 of his 40 points during overtime, his best performance to date, and helped the Cowboys beat rival Oklahoma. He ended his college career with 24 points against Oregon State in Oklahoma State's loss of 80-70 in Round 2 of the NCAA tournament.
After taking three players in last year's first round, Killian Hayes (7th), Isaiah Stewart (16th), and Saddiq bey (19th), Detroit will now add a high-end player to its roster. This will be the Pistons first top-five selection since 2003 when they selected Darko Milicic 2nd overall. It also marks their 3rd in the last 40 years. In 1994, Grant Hill was also third.
Detroit finished last season 20-52 and is now the top overall pick. This is the first time that Hall of Fame center Bob Lanier, from St. Bonaventure, has been selected since 1970.