Warriors select Vanderbilt's Damian Jones in first round

Vanderbilt's Damian Jones (30) and Tennessee's Derek Reese (23) battle for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Nashville, Tenn., March 10, 2016. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The Golden State Warriors made Vanderbilt center Damian Jones their first-round pick in Thursday night's NBA draft.

Unless something happens, the Warriors' next pick comes in 2018. The Utah Jazz get the Warriors' next three picks as part of a three-way trade with the Denver Nuggets that brought Andre Iguodala to Golden State in 2013. The Nuggets get the Warriors' second pick in 2018.

The 7-foot Jones is just the Warriors' second draft pick since 2012. They did not make a selection in 2013 and 2014.

Jones, who declared for the NBA following his junior year, joins fellow Commodore Festus Ezeli as a 30th overall pick.

Jones, who turns 21 in a week, leaves Vanderbilt with 1,313 points and 167 blocks, second on the school's all-time list.

Golden State drafted UCLA's Kevon Looney with the 30th overall pick last year. Looney is recovering from left hip surgery and won't participate in summer league. The hope is he will be healthy for training camp or at the latest near the start of the regular season.

The Warriors consider Jones a project.

Jones watched the draft with his parents at their home in Baton Rouge.

Jones underwent surgery for a torn pectoral muscle recently, according to his agent, and should be fully recovered by the start of the season.
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