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Hornets select Frank Kaminsky III and trade second-rounder Juan Vaulet

Frank Kaminsky III was exactly the man team owner Michael Jordan wanted in the draft. AP Photo/Chris Steppig

With the ninth overall pick in Thursday night's draft, the Charlotte Hornets selected Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky III.

Kaminsky, 22, excelled in his senior year before continuing his strong play through the NCAA tournament until his team's loss to Duke in the National Championship. The 7-foot-1, 234-pound big man averaged 18.8 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per game for the Badgers last season.

As a result of his breakout year, Kaminsky rose from No. 35 to No. 15 on Chad Ford's Big Board. Ford also projected the Hornets to select Kaminsky in his latest mock draft, citing Michael Jordan's affinity for him as a reason for the pick.

Ford's analysis: "Michael Jordan fell in love with Kaminsky ... It doesn't mean he's a bad pick. Kaminsky does fit in a certain way for the Hornets."

In the second round, with the 39th overall pick, the Hornets took Argentinian small forward Juan Vaulet, whose rights they later traded to the Brooklyn Nets for two future second-round picks, according to Charlotte general manager Rich Cho. The league has yet to announce the deal.