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2022 NBA draft: trio of NBA alumni expected to be selected

When the NBA Academy was launched in 2016, one of the main goals was to identify and develop the most promising basketball players from around the world.

Josh Giddy became the first NBA Academy graduate to be selected in the NBA draft since being selected sixth overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2021. When the 2022 NBA draft takes place on Thursday, three more former academy graduates are expected to be named.

Dyson Daniels, Bennedict Maturin and Hyunjong Lee continue to climb the billboards after taking advantage of the NBA Academy to launch their budding basketball careers.

“In just the first few years of the program, seeing these young NBA Academy graduates fulfill their lifelong dream of getting into the NBA is an extremely rewarding experience for all of our coaches and staff,” said Chris Ebersole, NBA senior director who oversees elite development. NBA Global Academy. “We are so proud of these players for representing themselves, their countries and the NBA Academy program so well on and off the court. We are excited to see their continued success at the NBA level.”


Dyson Daniels

Daniels could be the last Aussie to have a significant impact on the NBA.

Daniels from Australia had a good season in G League Ignite. He is predicted to be a lottery pick. The 6-6 point guard is large and is an above average defender and playmaker. He averaged 11.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.1 steals in 15 games with Ignite and his game improved as the season progressed.

“Dyson’s journey – from the NBA Global Academy to the G League Ignite and the NBA – exemplifies the NBA’s commitment to developing young athletes and preparing them for the highest levels in the sport,” said Ebersole. “The leaps that Dyson made in his game speak of his professional approach and desire to get better every day. We are so proud of Dyson and happy to see his hard work paying off.”

Daniels was a teammate with Giddy at the NBA Global Academy in Canberra, Australia.


Benedict Maturin

Mathurin’s athleticism could be his ticket to the lottery and NBA games.

Maturin, a native of Canada, had a very successful career at Arizona College. He is 6ft 6in and what sets him apart from many players is his athleticism. The 19-year-old forward is explosive and has made some spectacular plays with the Wildcats. He competes and has a good enough jumper to play with two. It is predicted that he will become the winner of the lottery.

“Bennedict is a true pioneer of the NBA Academy as he was the first Canadian player to join the program, setting the stage for several others to follow in his footsteps,” Ebersole said. “His work ethic, competitiveness, and leadership skills helped him excel at the NBA Academy in Latin America and then rise to the top levels of college basketball, and will now serve him well as he makes the jump to the NBA.”

Pac-12 Player of the Year averaged 17.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.


Hyunjung Lee

Hyungjong Lee’s punch has sparked interest ahead of the 2022 draft.

South Korea’s 6-foot-7 Lee averaged 15.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game at Davidson. He is expected to be selected in the second round, and if selected, he will become the second Korean player in the NBA.

His 50-40-90 splits are what keep teams buzzing. Like Stephen Curry, another former Davidson player who used to fill the net, Lee was not heavily recruited after graduating from high school.

“From day one at the NBA Global Academy, Lee has been an outstanding shooter, one of the best I have seen at any level of basketball, and he will continue to hang his hat on this elite skill,” Ebersole said. “At the NBA Global Academy and later at Davidson, Lee put in the effort to develop his entire game including defense, ball possession and movement off the ball, and his all-round play saw him achieve historic success. within the ranks of the college. We are proud of Lee and excited for him as he begins his NBA journey.”

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