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Updated: June 26th, 2014 7:56pm
Timberwolves take UCLA's Zach LaVine with No. 13 pick in NBA draft

Timberwolves take UCLA's Zach LaVine with No. 13 pick in NBA draft

by Nate Sandell
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Amid a flurry of Kevin Love trade rumors, the Timberwolves ended up maintaining their first round draft position on Thursday night.

The Wolves selected UCLA guard Zach LaVine with the 13th overall pick in the NBA draft.

Zach LaVine

Position: PG/SG
School: UCLA
Height/weight: 6-foot-6, 181-pounds
Age: 19
Accolades: Pac-12 All-Freshman team (2012-13)

With explosive athleticism, LaVine is thought to be ripe with potential, but the widespread take is that the young guard is a definite work in progress.

In a rotation that featured two other likely 2014 first round picks (Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams), LaVine ended being used primarily off the bench by UCLA coach Steve Alford. He averaged 9.4 points (127-of-288, 44.1%), 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 24.4 minutes per game.

LaVine had a poor finish to the year -- averaged 3.5 points off 23.5% shooting in his final seven games -- but he offset his patches of inconsistency at times with outbursts that put his lottery potential on display.

Former NBA head coach and current LSU assistant Eric Musselman got a close look at LaVine as an assistant at Arizona State last season and came away impressed. LaVine went off for 19 points against Arizona State in January.

"Zach (is) a freak athlete," Mussleman told 1500ESPN.com via Twitter. "He tore ASU up this year at UCLA. Can really get his jumper off quick."

DraftExpress.com's take on LaVine -- 

"The appeal around LaVine revolves heavily around his tremendous athleticism, as he's one of the most explosive open court dunkers in college basketball. He's an amazing leaper off one foot, and also possesses a dynamic first step and great quickness in the open floor. LaVine will likely test about as well as any player athletically at the NBA Combine, which undoubtedly gives him significant potential to continue to improve as his career moves on"

Nate Sandell is a contributor to 1500ESPN.com.
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