Windler goes to Cavs; first Belmont product drafted since 1972

Dylan Windler of Belmont was drafted at No. 26 by the Cavs on Thursday night.

Desperately in need of perimeter players, the Cavaliers selected Dylan Windler of Belmont with the No. 26 overall pick in the draft Thursday night.

The 6-foot-8, 200-pound southpaw averaged 21.3 points and 10.9 rebounds a game last season, shooting 42.9 percent from deep on more than seven attempts per game, and became only the fourth Ohio Valley Conference player since 1971 to put up at least 1,600 points and 1,000 career boards, following Popeye Jones of Murray State, Kenneth Faried of Morehead State and Chris Horton of Austin Peay.

Windler was the only player in the country to average at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game and shoot 40 percent from beyond the 3-point arc last season.

He finished his career 18th in college basketball history in effective field goal percentage (.640) and is Belmont’s first player selected in the NBA Draft since Joe Gaines was taken in 1972 by the Portland Trailblazers and only the second ever.

Windler led Belmont to its first NCAA Tournament appearance and a first-round takedown of Temple. He followed that two days later with a 35-point performance in a 79-77 second-round loss to Maryland, highlights of which can be seen here:

In addition to Cleveland, Windler had workouts with Boston, Brooklyn, Golden State, Indiana, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Portland, San Antonio and Utah leading up to the draft.

The Cavaliers selected Vanderbilt point guard Darius Garland at No. 5, the traded with the Detroit Pistons for the 30th overall pick, where they chose Southern California small forward Kevin Porter Jr.