Dyson Daniels on Thursday night became the third player in two years to make the top 10 in the NBA draft after playing a season for the NBA G-League Ignite, joining Jalen Green of Houston (second overall) and Jonathan Kuminga of Golden State (seventh) from a year ago.
Daniels, a 19-year-old Australian guard, was drafted by New Orleans at No. 8.
“The G-League has been huge for me,” Daniels said. “Playing against the NBA style of play, playing against NBA-type players, I had to learn to play faster, more physically. Knowing when I could get my own.
“We had a great team and we had very good veterans and a very good coaching staff. I learned a lot throughout my year, and I think I improved as the year progressed. The G-League was definitely a very good step for me and helped me get there, that’s for sure.
Daniels’ Ignite teammate MarJon Beauchamp was also selected by the Bucks with the 24th overall selection.
Shaedon Sharpe grew up playing hockey and football in Ontario, Canada, before eventually switching to basketball. The 6-foot-6 guard was drafted seventh overall by Portland despite never playing a game at Kentucky.
“I went from hockey to football, then to basketball. But I mean, I just discovered the love of playing basketball with my friends and family,” Sharpe said. “We were playing outside in the Y gymnasium. I fell in love with it. “I feel like basketball is taking over in Canada just because we had a lot of draft picks from Canada.
Chet Holmgren, the Thunder’s No. 2 pick, was the highest selection in Gonzaga history, one spot ahead of Adam Morrison in 2006.
Baylor striker Jeremy Sochan (ninth by Spurs) became the UK’s highest-drafted player and the first since OG Anunoby in 2017. … Guard Jalen Williams (12th, Thunder) was Santa’s first ever player. Clara to be chosen in the draft since Nets coach Steve Nash was the 15th pick in 1996.
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