When the NBA Academy was launched in 2016, one of the main goals was to identify and develop the best potential basketball players from around the world.
Josh Gedi became the first graduate of the NBA Academy to be selected in the NBA draft after being selected sixth overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2021. When 2022 NBA Draft On Thursday, the names of three other former academy graduates are expected to be named.
Dyson Daniels, Bennedict Mathurin and Hyunjung Lee continue to climb the drag boards after using the NBA Academy to help kick-start their promising career in basketball.
said Chris Ebersole, the NBA director who oversees elite development for the NBA Worldwide Academy. “We are very proud of these players for representing themselves, their home countries, and the NBA Academy Program so well, on and off the field. We are excited to witness their continued success at the NBA level.”
Daniels, who is from Australia, had a good season with G League Ignite. Expected to be a lottery selection. The 6-to-6 point guard is generous in size 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 for Ignite, and his game has improved over the course of the season.
“Dyson’s path — from the NBA World Academy to G League Ignite to the NBA — demonstrates the NBA’s commitment to developing young athletes and preparing them for the highest levels of sport,” Ebersol said. “Dyson’s leaps in his game speak to his professional approach and desire to improve every day. We are very proud of Dyson and excited to see his hard work paying off.”
Daniels was a teammate with the Jedi at the NBA Worldwide Academy in Canberra, Australia.
Mathurin, a Canadian citizen, has enjoyed a very successful college career in Arizona. He stands at 6 feet 6 feet tall, and what sets him apart from a lot of guys is his athletic style. The 19-year-old winger is explosive and has made several pristine plays with the Wildcats. He’s competitive and has a good enough jump to play both. Expected to be a lottery selection.
“Benedict is a true pioneer in the NBA Academy, as he was the first ever Canadian to join the program, paving the way for many others to follow,” Ebersol said. “His work ethic, competitive intensity, and drive helped him thrive in the NBA Latin American Academy and then rise to the heights of college basketball, and will now serve him well as he jumps into the NBA.”
Benedict Mathurin with the championship dunk 😱
SportsCenter March 21, 2022
The Pac-12 Player of the Year averaged 17.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game.
The 6-foot-7 Lee, who is from South Korea, 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 would be the second Korean player in the NBA.
It’s his 50-40-90 shooting splits that are making the difference to the teams. Just like Stephen Curry, another former Davidson player who used to fill in the net, Lee wasn’t heavily recruited outside of high school.
“Since his first day at the NBA Academy, Lee has been an exceptional 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,” Ebersol said. “At the NBA Global Academy and then at Davidson, Lee worked on developing his entire game, including his defense, handling and off-ball movement, and his good game has enabled him to achieve historic success in the college ranks. We are proud and excited for him as he embarks on his journey. in the NBA.”