New Wolves boss Gersson Rosas and his parents migrated to the United States from Colombia when he was 3. They settled in Houston, where Rosas found his love of basketball and a city he embraced.
North Carolina's speedy point guard Coby White was available with the sixth pick and instead was picked by the Bulls one selection later.
Jaylen Nowell had not worked out with the Wolves, but he still got the phone call that he was joining the organization.
On Thursday, 46 of the 86 players in the NBA draft-eligible pool were not picked.
Gersson Rosas spent almost his entire career in various capacities with the Houston Rockets before taking the job as president of basketball operations with the Timberwolves in early May.
Wolves president Gersson Rosas ran his first draft for the Wolves, made a trade and tried to set a course for the team's future.
Pac 12 Player of the Year Jaylen Nowell's shooting efficiency could fit in well with a Wolves team that is looking to revamp its attack from three-point range.
Dario Saric, who came to the team in the Jimmy Butler trade, will head to Phoenix as part of the deal; the Wolves obtained shooting guard Jarrett Culver, who was the Big 12 Player of the Year and led the Red Raiders into the NCAA title game.
Coffey, who watched the draft back home in Minneapolis with his family, was projected as a mid-to-late second-rounder at best when he decided not to return for his senior year.
Timberwolves President Gersson Rosas said a lot of work from the team's staff went into the trade that netted Jarrett Culver.
Culver is considered to be an excellent perimeter defender, but he shot better from three-point range as a freshman (38.2% vs. 30.4% as a sophomore).
Get the latest news on the Timberwolves and other teams during tonight's NBA draft. We'll have the latest updates from the Star Tribune and others who are covering the draft.
For Timberwolves President Gersson Rosas, there is one sure path to success in the NBA: getting superstars. Tonight's draft is the first step toward that goal.
The Wolves are right in the thick of things during Gersson Rosas' first offseason.
That adds a specific framework to the report that the Wolves are among the teams trying to trade up to grab Vanderbilt point guard Darius Garland.
It the Wolves stay put at where they are, here are five names they could be looking to select.
The Timberwolves president addressed the media in advance of Thursday's NBA draft
The Wolves have had a colorful history with their first-round selections.
Wolves rumors have been coming out in little drips over the last few weeks. Some are potentially more credible than others. Some are probably smoke screens. Others might just be wishful thinking.
Teams may guarantee a draft pick they will take him at a certain spot in an effort to prevent him from working out for other teams. But it's a practice Wolves President Gersson Rosas said the Wolves won't do