The Sacramento Kings picked Iowa State guard Tyrese Haliburton with the 12th overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft on Wednesday night. He also became the first Cyclone selected as a lottery pick since Marcus Fizer went fourth overall to the Chicago Bulls in 2000.
Haliburton was initially projected to be the top five pick by many experts but went drafted by the Kings in the 12th.
"An amazing night. I'm in the perfect spot. Sacramento is the perfect spot for me. I'm just ready to get to work right away."
Haliburton said on the ESPN broadcast of the draft from his parents' home in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
The draft went virtual this season due to the global coronavirus pandemic but that did not stop the Iowa guard from displaying his fashion. He wore a blue floral suit that had the Oshkosh area code, 902 written in the inner part of one side, and on a necklace. The other inner part of the coat consisted of the phrase “Black Lives Matter”.
Shooting 51.5 percent from the floor and 43.4 percent from 3-point range as a sophomore for the Cyclones, Haliburton averaged 15.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 6.5 assists. He earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors, was named NABC All-District 8 Second Team, and garnered Big 12 Player of the Week honors in back-to-back seasons (2019, 2020).