Sixers select Wichita State guard Landry Shamet with 26th pick in NBA draft


Updated: Friday, 1:40 a.m.

After a bit of a bang with their initial pick in the 2018 NBA draft, the Sixers followed up with a shocker.

The Sixers selected Wichita State point guard Landry Shamet with the 26th overall pick.

“Yes, my agent whispered it while he was sitting behind me,” Shamet said on whether he knew he was going to the Sixers. “He didn't really tell any of my family or anything. My heart felt like it was about to beat out of my chest when I heard him tell me that, but it was awesome.”

Shamet had a stellar career for the Shockers, capped off by a 2017-18 season in which he averaged 14.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.2 boards a game. His main asset is his three-point shot. Shamet (6-5, 189) shot 43.7 percent from long range during his collegiate career, including 44.2 percent last season.

Shamet was part of the Sixers’ final workout group this week, which also featured earlier acquisition Zhaire Smith.

The Shamet pick came after the Sixers caused a bit of a frenzy with their lottery pick. They selected Villanova standout Mikal Bridges only to send him to the Phoenix Suns a short time later for No. 16 pick Smith and a 2021 first-rounder (see story).

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