What you need to know about Cleveland Cavaliers pick Collin Sexton

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cleveland Cavaliers selected point guard Collin Sexton with the eighth pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Sexton played just one season at the University of Alabama and performed in some clutch moments when his team needed him most, averaging 19.2 points and 3.6 assists in his freshman campaign.

During the SEC Championship quarter final, he finished with 31 points to send his team into tournament play, where the university got it's first tournament win,  thanks to the play of their leader at the point.

"Young Bull"

The young guard is scrappy and has a certain swagger about himself.

The 19-year-old goes by the nickname "Young Bull" and he isn't the biggest, measuring at just 6-foot-1-inch, 190 pounds.

Stature aside, the front office was really excited about the pick, admitting they had their eyes on Sexton since pre-draft workouts.

You'll hear this a million times before the start of the season, but it's true, he's a competitor.

Cavs General Manager Koby Altman had nothing but good things to say about the team's latest pick-up.

He's fast

He's also extremely quick, the former high school track star, gets from one end of the floor to the other like lightning, according to his former college coach, Avery Johnson.

"Of all the guys I've coached and played against in the league, he was arguably the fastest guy I've seen with and without the basketball," said Sexton's college coach.

Sexton is flattered by the confidence but isn't letting the attention rattle him.

"I honestly just want to try to go out there and use my speed to my advantage," said Sexton, "I'm not too concerned with being the fastest, I just want to help the team win."

Sexton was a high jumper in high school, with a personal-best of 6 feet and 8 inches as an eleventh grader.

The hype is in full effect, but the real work starts now. Check out some of Sexton's college highlights here.

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