The NBA closed registrations for the 2021 Draft last weekend, two months before the big ceremony which will hopefully take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. We therefore know the list of 353 candidates for a place in the best league in the world, among which are hiding 11 little Frenchies of whom may be part the next big nugget in blue-white-red basketball.
As we know, this 2020-21 season is like no other. Send all your benchmarks in the trash, the opening night took place three days before Christmas and the NBA Finals are still on the horizon as the month of June has started. Do not panic, the Association is catching up and we will soon be able to recover our NBA from before with games from October to June and a Draft in stride. Last year, the rookies were even called to the scene virtually by Adam Silver, with COVID depriving the lucky ones of a symbolic handshake with the boss. But all this and even the absence of a Draft Combine did not prevent two big French prospects from being chosen by a franchise, Killian Hayes even becoming the highest drafted French player in history while Theo Maledon fell flat. in the right place to develop his game faster and adapt to the NBA. To these two fellows we can even add Killian Tillie, signed in two-way contract by the Grizzlies after being forgotten in the Draft. Perhaps the fashionable name in 2020 helped, necessarily testifying to his level that he was quick to justify in the field afterwards. This finally gives us a nice trio which has already made its mark in the NBA to inflate the contingent of French players in the NBA which has remained stable for several years. Exactly, the next Draft may represent the opportunity to increase this figure to compete with Canada as the most represented country in the NBA after the States.
The NBA announced today that 353 players – 296 players from colleges and other educational institutions and 57 international players – have filed as early entry candidates for NBA Draft 2021 presented by State Farm.
Full list of early entry candidates ▶ ️ https://t.co/PwxttmKUBl
– NBA Communications (@NBAPR) June 2, 2021
In an official press release, the NBA has therefore unveiled the name of the 353 players who will appear at the 2021 NBA Draft which will take place on July 29 if all goes well. We can obviously expect the withdrawal of a bunch of candidates before the deadline but we will especially focus on the 11 little Frenchies who are hiding in the middle of this list. Honor to the Franco-Cainris, we start with the three young people who did not wait for the Draft to cross the Atlantic. Joël Ayayi (Gonzaga), Yves Pons (Tennessee) and Olivier Sarr (Kentucky) have all played in the NCAA college championship for several years and are most likely to be called up by Adam Silver in two months. But we are not immune to a nice surprise from France with six representatives of LNB: Juhann Begarin (Paris Basketball), Hugo Besson (Saint-Quentin), Yoan Makoundou (Cholet), Matthieu Gauzin (Chalons-Reims), Kenny Baptiste (Le Mans) and Hugo Robineau (Gries-Oberhoffen). To these nine names are added two more prospects who crossed the borders of France to get their first professional experience abroad at a very young age. The sons of Alain Digbeu and Laurent Cazalon, Tom digbeu (Prienai – remember LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball) and Malcolm Cazalon (Mega Soccerbet), therefore allow us to reach 11 French people registered for the NBA 2021 Draft.
Once released by their team, the best will be invited for the Draft Combine from June 21 to 27 and then to perform workouts for NBA franchises. Obviously hoping to hear as many of these 11 pre-registrants as possible being called on the evening of the Draft. Joël Ayayi is most often cited in mock drafts, followed by Yves Pons, Juhann Begarin and Malcolm Cazalon. So why not dream of a Grand Slam with at least four new Frenchies in the Grand League next year?
Text source: NBA