INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers selected St. John's swingman Sir'Dominic Pointer with the No. 53 pick in the NBA draft, the team's third pick of the second round.
Pointer averaged 13.7 points 7.7 rebounds last season and was named the Big East's co-defensive player of the year as a senior. The 6-foot-6 Pointer was also the league's most improved player.
He'll be a long shot to make Cleveland's roster, but the 23-year-old does fulfill one of general manager David Griffin's offseason objectives to add youth to the Cavaliers.
While the Cavs had experience on their bench last season, Griffin feels the team is ready to get younger players who can have more of an impact on the floor.
Earlier, the Cavs took Turkish forward Cedi Osman and Syracuse forward Rakeem Christmas. Cleveland traded its first-round pick to Minnesota for two second-rounders and a future second-round pick.