2015 NBA Draft Features Record-Setting 13 Freshmen












The NBA welcomed a new wave of potential superstars into the league, led by a baker’s dozen of 19 year olds. A record setting 13 freshmen were selected in the NBA Draft this year, and if you include the three foreign players drafted in the top 10, that is 16 teenagers headed to the NBA. The Minnesota Timberwolves started the party by drafting 7’0″ Karl-Anthony Towns from the University of Kentucky. On an international level, the New York Knicks rolled the dice an enticing but unknown prospect in 7’3″ Latvian Kristaps Porzingis. New York never has trouble selling Knicks tickets, as Porzingis was drafted to win games, not sell tickets. Here are the freshmen and 19 year olds drafted in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Round Pick Player NBA Team College Team/Country
1 1 Karl-Anthony Towns MIN Kentucky
1 2 D’Angelo Russell LAL Ohio State
1 3 Jahlil Okafor PHI Duke
1 4 Kristaps Porzingis NYK Latvia
1 5 Mario Hezonja ORL Croatia
1 7 Emmanuel Mudiay DEN DR of Congo
1 8 Stanley Johnson DET Arizona
1 10 Justice Winslow MIA Duke
1 11 Myles Turner IND Texas
1 12 Trey Lyles UTH Kentucky
1 13 Devin Booker PHX Kentucky
1 15 Kelly Oubre Jr. WAS Kansas
1 17 Rashad Vaughn MIL UNLV
1 24 Tyus Jones MIN Duke
1 29 Chris McCullough BKLN Syracuse
1 30 Kevin Looney GS UCLA