2022 NBA Draft first-round picks - Cavs draft Nigeria's Ochai Agbaji with 14th pick
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2022 NBA Draft first-round picks – Cavs draft Nigeria’s Ochai Agbaji with 14th pick

The 2022 NBA draft has been concluded with Paolo Banchero drafted by Orlando Magic with the first pick, Nigeria also had a representative in Ochai Agbaji who was picked by Cavs with the 14th pick.

Ochai Agbaji who was born in the US to a Nigerian father is a proud Nigerian going by his social media accounts where the Nigerian flag is fully represented.

The 22-year-old led Kansas into National Championship. The 6 ft 5 in shooting guard kicked into a new gear in the final 3 games on the NCAA tournament.

Agbaji scored 17 PPG on 62% shooting from the field, including 69% from deep, in the Elite Eight, Final Four, and National Championship to guide the Jayhawks to the title.

The shooting guard will link up with felow Nigerian Isaac Okoro who was drafted by the 2016 NBA Champs in 2021.

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Below are all the first round picks

1. Orlando Magic – Paolo Banchero (Duke)
2. Oklahoma City Thunder – Chet Holmgren (Gonzaga)
3. Houston Rockets – Jabari Smith (Auburn)
4. Sacramento Kings – Keegan Murray (Iowa)
5. Detroit Pistons – Jaden Ivey (Purdue)
6. Indiana Pacers – Bennedict Mathurin (Arizona)
7. Portland Trail Blazers – Shaedon Sharpe (Kentucky)
8. New Orleans Pelicans – Dyson Daniels (G League Ignite)
9. San Antonio Spurs – Jeremy Sochan (Baylor)
10. Washington Wizards – Johnny Davis (Wisconsin)
11. Oklahoma City Thunder – Ousmane Dieng (New Zealand)
12. Oklahoma City Thunder – Jalen Williams (Santa Clara)
13. Detroit Pistons – Jalen Duren (Memphis)
14. Cleveland Cavaliers – Ochai Agbaji (Kansas)
15. Charlotte Hornets – Mark Williams (Duke)
16. Atlanta Hawks – AJ Griffin (Duke)
17. Houston Rockets – Tari Eason (LSU)
18. Chicago Bulls – Dalen Terry (Arizona)
19. Memphis Grizzlies – Jake LaRavia (Wake Forest)
20. San Antonio Spurs – Malaki Branham (Ohio State)
21. Denver Nuggets – Christian Braun (Kansas)
22. Minnesota Timberwolves – Walker Kessler (Auburn)
23. Memphis Grizzlies – David Roddy (Colorado State)
24. Milwaukee Bucks – MarJon Beauchamp (G League Ignite)
25. San Antonio Spurs – Blake Wesley (Notre Dame)
26. Dallas Mavericks – Wendell Moore Jr. (Duke)
27. Miami Heat – Nikola Jovic (Serbia)
28. Golden State Warriors – Patrick Baldwin Jr. (Milwaukee)
29. Houston Rockets – TyTy Washington Jr. (Kentucky)
30. Denver Nuggets – Peyton Watson (UCLA)

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Tope Adefala

Tope Adefala is an experienced sports writer, editor, and web designer. A former editor at Sportlineng.com. Talks sports with a great bias for Basketball, Tennis, Field Hockey and Football. Presently the media officer of Nigeria Hockey Federation. I have been in the business of Sports communication and marketing for more than 10 years. Not forgetting that I won West African University Games, Nigeria University Games gold medals. You can find me on Twitter @1topham.

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