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Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Clarkson chosen to NBA all-rookie team

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins led NBA rookies with a 16.9-point scoring average.
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins led NBA rookies with a 16.9-point scoring average. AP

Kansas and Missouri were represented on the NBA All-Rookie team.

The Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, the former All-Big 12 selection who was earlier chosen as NBA rookie of the year, was joined by former Tigers guard Jordan Clarkson, who plays for the Lakers.

Wiggins led NBA rookies with a 16.9 scoring average. Clarkson was second at 11.9 points in 59 games.

Wiggins became the first former Kansas player selected as rookie of the year since Wilt Chamberlain in 1960. The NBA started selecting an all-rookie team in 1962-63.

Also on the all-rookie team were the Bulls’ Nikola Mirotic, Elfred Payton of the Magic and the 76ers’ Nerlens Noel.

Former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart was a member of the second team.

Kansas, Missouri and Kansas State have produced these players voted to the NBA all-rookie first team:

KANSAS

▪ 1970: Jo Jo White, Celtics

▪ 1999: Paul Pierce, Celtics

▪ 2003: Drew Gooden, Magic

▪ 2004: Kirk Hinrich, Bulls

▪ 2015: Andrew Wiggins, Timberwolves

MISSOURI

▪ 1974: John Brown, Hawks

▪ 1984: Steve Stipanovich, Pacers

▪ 2015: Jordan Clarkson, Lakers

KANSAS STATE

▪ 1989: Mitch Richmond, Warriors

▪ 2009: Michael Beasley, Heat

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