A 6-foot-9 power forward, Thor was selected by the Charlotte Hornets, who made him the seventh pick of the second round. He’s the first NBA draft pick from Alaska since two-time NBA champion Mario Chalmers of Anchorage in 2008.
JT Thor, who started playing basketball as a kid in Anchorage, was the 37th pick in Thursday’s NBA draft.
Thor, who turns 19 next month, played at three high schools in three states before winding up at Auburn University for his recently concluded freshman season.
At age 14, he left Anchorage, where he attended West High, he left Alaska to pursue basketball at a prep academy in West Virginia. From there he went to a high school in Georgia, and then on to Auburn.
The Hornets acquired the No. 37 pick earlier Thursday in a trade with the Detroit Pistons that sent center Mason Plumlee and the No. 37 draft pick to the Hornets.