Canadians Bennedict Mathurin and Shaedon Sharpe were selected back-to-back in the first round of Thursday’s NBA draft.
Mathurin, a 20-year-old from Montreal, was selected sixth by the Indiana Pacers.
Moments later, the Portland Trail Blazers took Sharpe, a 19-year-old from London, Ont., at No. 7.
It’s only the second time in history that two Canadians have gone in the top 10 in the NBA draft. In 2014, Andrew Wiggins was taken first overall by Cleveland, and Sacramento took Nik Stauskas with the No. 8 pick.
Mathurin and Sharpe took very different paths to the draft.
Mathurin, a 6-6 guard, became the first Canadian to attend
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