Point guard John Wall led a record five Kentucky players taken in the first round of the NBA draft Thursday, while the Chicago Bulls became the latest to clear cap space in pursuit of LeBron James. Chicago agreed to trade guard Kirk Hinrich and its No. 17 pick (forward Kevin Seraphin from France) to the Washington Wizards, who took Wall as expected No. 1 overall. He was the first Kentucky player ever chosen first.


Ohio State guard Evan Turner went next to the Philadelphia 76ers, then Georgia Tech forward Derrick Favors to the NBA-worst New Jersey Nets.


“Words can’t even explain (how I feel) right now,” said Wall, the national freshman of the year and Southeastern Conference player of the year.


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