Tall Black Jordan Ngatai has been picked by the Otago Nuggets with the top pick in the historic NZNBL draft tonight.
The small forward has won three titles previously with the Wellington Saints.
Guard Derone Raukawa was taken with the second pick by the Taranaki Mountainairs.
Breakers forward Tom Vodanovich and Tall Blacks captain Mika Vukona were taken third and fourth by the Manawatu Jets and the Nelson Giants respectively.
NZ’s only NCAA college champion, Jack Salt, was drafted fifth by Canterbury Rams.
Dom Kelman-Poto went to the Franklin Bulls with pick six
Former Sacramento State Hornets guard Izayah Mauriohooho-Le'afa was taken by the Auckland Huskies with the final pick in the first round.
The seven teams will fill out their 12-man rosters in the draft, which continues tonight.
The competition tips off on June 23.