MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Bucks selected 18-year-old Giannis Antetokounmpo, a 6-9 forward from Greece, with the 15th overall pick in the NBA draft.
The Bucks had been projected to select a guard Thursday night to replace shooting guard Monta Ellis, the team's leading scorer last season, who opted out of his contract to become a free agent. In addition, starting point guard Brandon Jennings is a restricted free agent.
Instead, they went with Antetokounmpo, who averaged 9.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game for Filathlitikos in Greece's second division.
The Milwaukee Bucks also selected Providence guard Ricky Ledo with their second pick and 43rd overall in the NBA draft.
Ledo, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard, did not play a single minute at Providence last season because he was rated a partial qualifier by the NCAA, although he did practice with the team.
Shortly after selecting Ledo, the Bucks reportedly shipped him to the Philadelphia 76ers (Ledo then traded to Dallas) with a 2014 second-round pick to acquire South Dakota State guard Nate Wolters. No official announcement of the deal came on Thursday night.
Wolters was a third-team All-American his senior year, finishing fourth in the NCAA in scoring at 22.7 points per game.
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