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The Kentucky guard never played for the Wildcats, but was the No. 1 recruit out of high school.

The Portland Trail Blazers have selected Kentucky guard Shaedon Sharpe with the No. 7 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.

Sharpe is consider a highly skilled offensive player despite a lack of time at a level beyond high school. He has the ability to create his own shot, shoot it well and make plays using his speed and athleticism.

"I'm really excited to get started," Sharpe said. "From a young age I've always dreamed of playing in the NBA. My dream came true and I'm really excited. I can't wait to get to Portland and get started."

Sharpe was the No. 1 recruit in the 2022 high school class before he reclassified and joined Kentucky back in January. However, he never saw the playing court for the Wildcats, leaving him more as a mystery coming into the draft.Shaedon Sharpe

"It was difficult, you can't have a perfect career," Sharpe said on the path to the NBA without any college tape. "Going from high school to college and not playing your college season and straight to the NBA. It's quite the journey but every step of the way I've just fought and had fun with it."

Sharpe worked out in Portland for the Blazers last week and has reportedly been given the seal of approval from star guard Damian Lillard.

From Canada, Sharpe joins Ron Brewer as Portland's other No. 7 pick in the draft. Brewer was selected No. 7 in the 1978 draft by the Blazers.

"I'm really excited coming to Portland, they have a lot of great guards that can really play," Sharpe said. "I just can't wait to learn from Damian Lillard, he's a great guard himself and he's been in this league a long time. I can't wait to really learn from him."

Portland entered the draft with picks 36 and 57, technically. The No. 36 pick was reportedly swapped with Detroit in the Jerami Grant deal for No. 46.

Portland turned that around and traded 46 to Denver for a 2024 second round pick, according to Denver Post reporter Mike Singer.

With the No. 57 pick, Portland went with Colorado forward Jabari Walker. He led the Buffaloes in scoring with 14.6 points per game last season and has shown to be a 3-and-D guy at the next level. Head coach Chauncey Billups is also from Colorado.


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