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Wizards pick Czech Republic's Vesely with 1st pick

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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.

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