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Wizards pick Czech Republic's Vesely, FSU's Singleton in first round of NBA draft

Jan Vesely of the Czech Republic was chosen by the Wizards as the sixth overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Wizards have selected forward Jan Vesely with the sixth pick in the first round of Thursday's NBA draft.

The 6-foot-11 Vesely, who is from the Czech Republic, averaged 10.3 points and 4.3 rebounds for Partizan in 26 games in the Adriatic League. In Partizan's 15 games in the Euroleague, he averaged 10.1 points and 3.6 rebounds.

The 21-year-old Vesely hit 71 percent of his shots from the field in Adriatic League games, but only 55 percent from the foul line.

Representatives from the Czech embassy were on hand for the Wizards' draft party at Verizon Center.

Vesely is the second international player taken by Washington in the first round. In 2006, they selected Ukrainian Oleksiy Pecherov, who did not live up to expectations.

Wizards select Singleton with 18th pick

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Wizards have selected Florida State forward Chris Singleton with the 18th pick of the first round in Thursday's NBA draft.

The 6-foot-9 Singleton left the Seminoles after his junior year. He averaged 13.1 points and 6.8 rebounds in 28 games. He missed six games when he fractured his right foot in February.

Known as a defensive specialist, Singleton recorded a triple-double against North Carolina-Greensboro with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 steals. It was the 24th triple-double in ACC history - and the first with 10 or more steals.

Singleton's college coach, Leonard Hamilton, was the Wizards' head man in the 2000-01 season.

With their first pick - the sixth overall- Washington took forward Jan Vesely, a 6-foot-11 forward from the Czech Republic.

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