Tyrese Haliburton picked 12th overall by the Sacramento Kings

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FILE – In this Jan. 21, 2020, file photo, Iowa State guard Tyrese Haliburton drives up court during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma State, in Ames, Iowa. Haliburton is a possible pick in the NBA Draft, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

(WFRV) – Oshkosh North grad Tyrese Haliburton heard his named called in the NBA Draft when he was picked by the Sacramento Kings at number 12.

“Yeah, I mean, we were just waiting to see who wanted my services, who saw I was the perfect fit for their organization, and for a while Sacramento has said they thought I was the perfect fit, that I’m one of the best players in the draft,” said Tyrese Haliburton.

You just want to go somewhere where you’re wanted, know what I’m saying? Obviously, Coach Walton and the rest of Sacramento as an organization, they feel like I am a great fit here, and I feel the same, as well. I feel like it’s the perfect fit.”

Haliburton, who won a state title with the Spartans in 2018, played college ball at Iowa State. An injury ended his college career early, and eventually he declared for the NBA Draft.

There were some mock drafts that had Haliburton being picked in the top ten. That would have put him with the likes of Devin Harris (5th, 2004) and Caron Butler (10th, 2002) as the only players from Wisconsin with that distinction. At least in the modern draft era.

“Yeah, to be honest with you, being from Wisconsin, I don’t know too much about Sacramento. But I’m looking forward to learning the place and really calling that place home for the rest of my career hopefully. I’m just ready to get there and get familiar with the city. I’m from a small town in Wisconsin, so being in California is going to be crazy. None of my family was ever down there and we’re not used to that, so it’s going to be cool for us,” said Haliburton.

Unfortunately Haliburton would have to wait as some other names fell down the draft board. That includes Obi Topin, who some had mocked in the top five, falling to New York at number eight.

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