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Tyrese Haliburton selected by Kings with No. 12 pick

Tyrese Haliburton, 2020 NBA Draft, Kings

Tyrese Haliburton is officially in the NBA after he was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Haliburton played his college ball at Iowa State. The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 6.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game in 2018-19 while shooting 51.5 percent from the field, 43.4 percent from beyond the arc and 69.2 percent from the free-throw line.

Haliburton took his game to another level in 2019-20. He put up 15.2 points, 5.9 boards and 6.5 assists and shot 50.4 percent overall, 41.9 percent from the 3-point line and 82.2 percent from the charity stripe.

Haliburton was named to the 2019-20 second-team All-Big 12 squad, joining MaCio Teague, Freddie Gillespie, Jahmi’us Ramsey and Oscar Tshiebwe.

All in all, Haliburton finished his college career with sound averages of 10.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 57 games. The most points he scored for Iowa State was 25, accomplishing that feat on November 27, 2019 against Michigan. He shot 11-of-24 from the floor and 3-of-10 from beyond the arc. The 20-year-old guard also had nine rebounds, five assists and four steals in that game, so he’s not a one-dimensional player.

Due to his stature, Haliburton will be able to guard multiple positions in the NBA, a trait pro coaches love from their players.

It’s going to be fun tracking Tyrese Haliburton’s career in the NBA. He should have a productive rookie season and be a sponge around his veteran teammates.