Fultz steps out in shoes made of basketballs

Washington's Markelle Fultz, right, poses for a photo with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the Philadelphia 76ers as the No. 1 pick overall during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in NY.

The NBA draft is an annual event in which the thirty teams from top division can draft college basketball players who are eligible and wish to join the league. Not to mention last year's 24th overall pick Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot (22), big man Richaun Holmes (23), Turkish shooting guard Furkan Korkmaz (19), and among the most cap space in the National Basketball Association.

Fultz, who averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 5.9 assists at the University of Washington, knows a little about adversity after being cut from the varsity as a sophomore (like Michael Jordan) in high school at powerhouse DeMatha Catholic in Maryland.

The 2017 NBA Draft will be broadcast live on ESPN beginning at 4 p.m. Fittingly, the five lottery picks tied an ACC record set in 2005; the six players taken in the top 15 tied a conference record set in 1997.

Fultz earned a spot in the McDonald's All-American game in 2016.

The entire draft is comprised of just two round with 60 picks.

With its No. 3 pick, Boston took Jayson Tatum of Duke.

There have been a flurry of trades since the Warriors beat the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, though most of the moves on draft night were minor.

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