Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin
By Andrew Gruman  |  Last updated 6/26/14
ST. FRANCIS, Wis. -- The Milwaukee Bucks have added the biggest piece to their rebuilding project to date, selecting Duke forward Jabari Parker with the No. 2 overall pick in Thursday's NBA Draft. Milwaukee's decision to take Parker became easier when the Cleveland Cavaliers made Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins the top pick in the draft, as the Bucks decided against trading back and took the highly coveted Parker. Parker averaged 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game in his lone season for Duke, earning ACC Freshman of the Year honors and finishing second in the voting for ACC Player of the Year. The 6-foot-8 forward was named a first-team All-American by numerous outlets and was the USBWA National Freshman of the Year. The Chicago native is expected to immediately make an impact with the Bucks, as his offensive skill set should allow him to step in and contribute on that end of the floor from the beginning. Parker predicted he would end up with the Bucks at his pre-draft interviews Wednesday, sensing Milwaukee had a sincere interest in him. The Bucks hosted Parker at their training facility in Milwaukee last week, as Cleveland was the only other team he went through a workout. By going 15-67 and holding the league's worst record during the 2013-14 season, Milwaukee had the highest odds of securing the top selection but did not win the draft lottery. The Bucks instead picked second for the first time in franchise history. In addition to holding the No. 2 pick, the Bucks have three second-round picks Thursday, including the first selection of the second round at No. 31 overall. Barring any trades, Milwaukee will also pick at No. 36 and No. 48. Follow Andrew Gruman on Twitter
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