The Washington Wizards used their No. 6 overall pick in the NBA draft to select foward Jan Vesely and the No. 18 pick on forward Chris Singleton. With the 34th pick, they took point guard Shelvin Mack.
Vesely, an athletic player from Czech Republic, was high on Wizards draft board for his ability to thrive in transition and presumably complement point guard John Wall. A small forward who also can play power forward, Vesely averaged 10.4 points, 4.3 rebounds in Adriatic league and 9.2 points and 3.4 rebounds in Euroleague last season.
Vesely, 21, is considered by some scouts to be more NBA ready than fellow European players Jonas Valanciunas (Lithuania) or Enes Kanter, among others, (Turkey) because of his extensive playing time in the Euroleague the past two seasons. He also has played for the Czech Republic national team and was named European Young Player of the Year in 2010.
Singleton, meantime, gives the Wizards a lock-down defender they sorely need. Listed at 6-9, Singleton was the ACC defensive player of the year the past two seasons with Florida State.
Mack, listed at 6-3, averaged 16 points with 131 assists and 170 rebounds last season leading Butler back to the NCAA title game. He averaged 20.3 points and shot 40.4 percent from three-point range during this year’s NCAA tournament.