Australian basketball export Dyson Daniels has been drafted to the NBA with the New Orleans Pelicans choosing him at quantity eight.
- Bendigo’s Dyson Daniels has been drafted to the NBA as its quantity eight choose
- He’ll play for the New Orleans Pelicans
- The 19-year-old debuted for Australia within the FIBA Asia Cup qualification in February 2021
The 19-year-old from Bendigo in Central Victoria has spent many of the previous yr in the US taking part in for NBA growth crew G League Ignite.
In that point he averaged 11.9 factors, 7.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and three turnovers per sport.
With a 6’11” wingspan, Daniels has additionally been praised for his versatility to play a number of positions on and off the ball, in addition to his highly effective defence.
Ben McCauley coached him in juniors and stated he at all times confirmed a fierce dedication to enhance, at the same time as a starter within the below 12 Bendigo Braves.
Swift rise for 19-year-old
Daniels debuted for Australia within the FIBA Asia Cup qualification in February 2021.
He additionally received silver when he performed for Victoria at Australia’s U20 Championships in Might final yr.
He joined the NBA Academy in Canberra in August 2018.
However his rise to the perfect basketball league on the earth was comparatively swift and considerably unconventional.
As an alternative of going to varsity, Daniels moved to the US to play for brand spanking new NBA growth crew G League Ignite.
His former coaches and mates say his potential to create magic by means of a go and be playmaker is the cherry on high of his potential.
An inspiration for nation youngsters
Australian Opals star Tess Madgen stated onerous work was the important thing ingredient for Daniels, like it’s with all skilled athletes.
“By no means be proud of settling,” she stated.
“I do not assume in any means he’ll do this. He’ll maintain pushing and pushing to develop into the absolute best that he might be.”
She praised the Bendigo Braves organisation for the alternatives they arrange for his or her gamers.
“The Braves is a good membership and organisation and so they actually do have the pathways accessible for folks to develop into no matter they wish to develop into,” she stated.
“The coaches are elite and the amenities wonderful.
Bendigo basketball advocates hope it can assist them appeal to extra younger gamers.