Amen and Ausar Thompson made history during the 2023 NBA Draft on Thursday evening. The twin brothers were announced as back-to-back draft picks by Commissioner Adam Silver at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Amen was selected as the No. 4 overall pick by the Houston Rockets. Ausar was the No. 5. Pick and will be joining the Detroit Pistons. They are the first brothers to be drafted in the top 5 of the same draft since 1976, according to ESPN.
“I think it’s kind of cool going first. It means a lot to my family,” Amen said, according to the news outlet. “Me and Ausar, we were going to be happy whoever went first. But it means a lot to my family seeing all the hard work pay off. Us go back to back, be the first twins in the same draft to go top five, it means a lot.”
The San Leandro, California natives, played in the Overtime Elite program in Atlanta for two seasons. They both skipped their senior years in high school to focus on training, according to the NBA.
“Just being in the NBA, you know, playing with these athletic guys, I feel like my best brand of basketball is running, and we’re a young team, so that’s what we’re going to do,” Amen said about his upcoming role on the team.
Ausar said he is looking forward to starting this new chapter in his career.
“I’m super excited to meet my coaches, meet my teammates and just grow with them,” he said. “I’m trying to contend.”
For their parents, the milestone marks a new beginning for their sons.
“There are no words really to express how I’m feeling,” Maya Wilson, their mother, told ESPN. “To see them back-to-back, that blows my mind. The world is just opening up to them. There’s not limit. So, I’m just very excited about what’s in store, so just very, very happy.”
Troy Thompson, their father, is excited for what’s to come.
“The vision now is to become leaders on their team,” he said. “Obviously, being at least first-team All-Rookie and maybe compete for Rookie of the Year. We’ve got big ambitions.”