An emotional Jabari Parker had to take some time to compose himself after being selected No. 2 overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in Thursday's NBA draft.

"I worked so hard, and I'll keep working hard," he said as he wiped away tears while walking down the hallway for his first interviews as a pro player.

The 19-year-old from Chicago was the player the Bucks really wanted. And as he said so directly on Wednesday, he wanted to be with the Bucks because they were "all in" on him.

"They're a young team and I feel I can contribute right off the bat," Parker said on draft night. "I feel like I'm going to be able to grow with that organization. I'm trying to be a throwback player and only stick with one team.

"This might bite me in the butt some years from now, but right now I just want to stick with whoever is rolling with me."

Andrew Wiggins went first overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers, ending the suspense about the Bucks' pick.

It was the way both Milwaukee and Parker had hoped it would work out.

"We're through the moon," said Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry. "We couldn't be happier. He's a great kid; he's ready to play. I think for us, we got exceptionally lucky that we got somebody who wants to play for Milwaukee and somebody we wanted to end up having."

The 6-foot-8 Parker said he hoped to join the ranks of the great players in franchise history.

"They really did have a lot of success, especially in the old days with Lew Alcindor, the Big O (Oscar Robertson), even in the '90s when they made the playoffs with Sam Cassell.

"I just want to be remembered as one of them, too, since I'm going to the Bucks."

Parker brings a versatile offensive game to the Bucks and should be able to play both forward positions. If the Bucks use Parker at power forward with the defensive-minded Giannis Antetokounmpo at small forward, they could have an intriguing young combination.

"You can put the ball in his hands and he can get a shot and win a game for you," Bucks general manager John Hammond said.

"If a guy knows how to play on the offensive end, he knows how to play on the defensive end, too. He'll figure it out, and it won't take him very long.

"He's a big guy but he's got great feet, very fast feet, very quick feet for a guy that size. Definitely, I think he's going to guard both positions.

"The talk about Paul Pierce, the Carmelo (Anthony) comparison...we've had a chance to spend quite a bit of time with Jabari, watching him work out. There have been quite a few similarities to Melo. Those are very big shoes to fill, because Melo is one of the best players in the game."

Parker said he can play either forward spot.

"I'm just trying to continue that role I was given by coach K (Mike Krzyzewski)," Parker said of his one season at Duke.

"That's being a complete basketball player...if they want me at the 2, the 1, the 5. Be able to fit in all slots and be able to contribute in the best ways.

"Giannis is very young, only a year older than me. We get a chance to grow together."

Hammond said he sees great potential in the Antetokounmpo-Parker combination.

"It's two young guys, two 19-year-old players," Hammond said. "I think it fits very well together. You look at Giannis, with his size (at 6-11), I think you can do things with he and Jabari at the forward positions.

"Giannis wants to be a distributor. He isn't looking to score. He needs to score but he's very willing to give up the ball.

"If we are going to become what we want to become, those guys need to do that — two of the top forwards in the NBA playing together."

The selection of Parker was just the start of a busy night for the Bucks, who had the 31st and 36th picks early in the second round.

The Bucks picked 6-8, 240-pound forward Damien Inglis with the 31st selection, the first of the second round, and they grabbed Louisiana State power forward Johnny O'Bryant with the 36th pick. The Bucks obtained the 36th pick, which initially belonged to the Los Angeles Lakers, as part of the Luke Ridnour trade with Minnesota last summer.