The Atlanta Hawks selected Villanova forward Omari Spellman in the first round of Thursday's 2018 NBA Draft at Barclays Center with the 30th overall pick, culminating the 6-foot-9 post player's path to the professional ranks.

A former five-star recruit, Spellman sat out his first season with Villanova after the NCAA ruled him an academic redshirt. But he returned to the court in the 2017-18 season and helped the Wildcats capture their second title in three years by averaging 10.8 points and eight rebounds per game.

Spellman's a ferocious rebounder with long arms and the ability to stretch the floor on offense. He made 43.3 percent of his shots from beyond the arc for Villanova last season, which kept college defense's off balance and professional teams intrigued.