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Key facts about the four Canadians picked in the NBA draft

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Andrew Wiggins

Drafted: First, by the Cleveland Cavaliers

Position: Shooting guard

Born: Feb. 23, 1995

College: University of Kansas

From: Vaughan, Ont.

The much-hyped Wiggins is the second Canadian player selected No. 1 overall, after Anthony Bennett last year. The son of an Olympic track star and a former NBA player, the 6-foot-8 athlete grew up with the title ‘future No. 1 pick’ and has wowed the Internet with his skills since he was a teen.

Wiggins led Kansas in scoring at 17.1 points per game and averaged 5.9 rebounds. He was the Big 12 freshman of the year.

Read more from The Globe’s Rachel Brady here.

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Nik Stauskas

Drafted: Eighth, by the Sacramento Kings

Position: Shooting guard

Born: Oct. 7, 1993

College: University of Michigan

From: Mississauga, Ont.

Stauskas is an accomplished shooter, making 44 per cent from three-point range during two years in college. The 6-foot-6 Stauskas became one of the most well-rounded offensive players in the U.S., averaging 17.5 points last season on the way to winning Big Ten player of the year honours. According to The Canadian Press, his accuracy comes from thousands of hours chucking up shots, first in his family’s driveway and then on their custom-made backyard basketball court.

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Tyler Ennis

Drafted: 18th, by the Phoenix Suns

Position: Point guard

Born: Aug. 24, 1994

College: Syracuse University

From: Brampton, Ont.

Ennis started all 34 games for the Orange and averaged 12.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.1 steals in the last season. He also averaged 35.7 minutes per game, the second-highest on the team. According to his NBA prospect profile, the 6-foot-3 athlete is a clutch performer with great awareness of the court.

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Dwight Powell

Drafted: 45th, by the Charlotte Hornets

Position: Power forward

Born: July 20, 1991

College: Stanford University

From: Toronto

Powell (left) clocks in at 6-foot-11 and according to his NBA profile, led the Cardinal in assists and steals. He won first-team All-Pac 12 honours after leading Stanford to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Championship.

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