The Philadelphia Sixers, as expected, selected Ben Simmons with the first overall pick in Thursday night’s NBA Draft.

The 19-year-old says he’s excited to start his pro career in the City of Brotherly Love.

14 international ballers were picked in the first round, setting a new record for the League.

Per the AP:

The Philadelphia 76ers took the Australian with the No. 1 pick on Thursday night, making him the first of a record 14 international players chosen in the first round. […] Nearly half the selections in the 30-pick round were international players, topping the 12 international players chosen in the first round in 2013.

 

Philadelphia grabbed the versatile 6-foot-10 forward from LSU who averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists to become the only player in Southeastern Conference history to finish in the top five in all three categories. […] He comes with some questions ā€” he made only one 3-pointer ā€” but too much potential for the 76ers to pass up with their first No. 1 pick since taking Allen Iverson 20 years ago.

 

“It feels amazing, honestly,” Simmons said. “I can’t even ā€” my legs were shaking when I was on stage.”