Draft: Nets select Caris LeVert with the 20th pick

(AP/Tony Ding)
(AP/Tony Ding)
(AP/Tony Ding)

The Brooklyn Nets selected Caris LeVert from Michigan with the 20th overall pick. LeVert, who averaged 16.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.9 assists last season, should help shore up the Nets’ major issues in the backcourt.

Following the selection, LeVert said: “I’m just blessed to be here throughout all the adversity — I’m lost for words.”

Earlier this afternoon, the Nets traded Thaddeus Young to the Indiana Pacers for this selection and will look to jump start the Sean Marks and Kenny Atkinson era with a bright, young core. Alongside Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Chris McCullough, LeVert and the Nets will look towards the future despite a lack of picks.

When asked about Brooklyn, the former Michigan standout said he was excited to be part of a “great city” but doesn’t think he’ll play in Summer League. LeVert talked in detail about Brooklyn and mentioned that he’s “going to work [his] butt off.”

The Nets also have the 55th pick, a selection that comes as a second round swap with Los Angeles Clippers that brought Reggie Evans to Brooklyn in 2012.

“Whatever role they give me, I’m ready to fulfill it.”