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Updated: June 24th, 2010 6:54pm
Wolves select Syracuse forward Wes Johnson with fourth overall pick

Wolves select Syracuse forward Wes Johnson with fourth overall pick

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves selected 6'7" 205-pound forward Wes Johnson out of Syracuse with the fourth overall pick in Thursday night's NBA draft.

Johnson, 23, averaged 16.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.8 blocks as a junior at Syracuse last season. He also shot 41.5 percent from three-point range.

"Wesley is both an incredibly talented player and an outstanding young man," general manager David Kahn said in a press release. "He'll bring some much-needed length, athleticism and shooting ability to our roster and will be an important piece to the puzzle as we continue to build a nucleus of young talent."

Johnson worked out with the Wolves at Target Center on June 15, Kahn had high praise then as well.

"He's got a beautiful stroke," Kahn said after the workout. "He has almost a classic basketball body. Good height. I thought he picked up things up very quickly during the workout. He clearly can run, which is important to all of us in terms of how we want to play."

Johnson will reunite in Minnesota with former college teammate Jonny Flynn.

As expected, the Washington Wizards selected Kentucky guard John Wall with the first overall pick, and the Philadelphia 76ers selected guard Evan Turner with the second overall pick.

The New Jersey Nets ended weeks of speculation by selecting Georgia Tech forward Derrick Favors with the third overall pick, leaving the Wolves to presumably choose between Johnson and Kentucky forward DeMarcus Cousins.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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