Sacred journey that of Shaedon Sharpe : Almost absent from NBA radars two years ago, the Canadian rear furiously exploded in the spring of 2021, after flying over the Peach Jam tournament on the AAU circuit.
So much so that he was then quickly ranked first in the high school class of 2022, before joining the NCAA with Kentucky and especially joining the Lexington campus in advance, from January.
Nine months later, Shaedon Sharpe has not played a single second under the tunic of the Wildcats, but he will still start his NBA career with a status of « lottery pick ». Chosen in 7th position by the Blazers, when in the end we only very rarely saw him play basketball, the talented but mysterious rookie has indeed signed a phenomenal rise… at least in the hearts of NBA recruiters.
» Everything happened really fast ” thus admitted Shaedon Sharpe to the Media Day Blazers. » But hey, at the end of the day I stayed myself, I pushed myself to be the best version of myself, as a person, a player and a teammate. I make sure to stay humble, and work hard every day. »
Introverted by nature, the 19-year-old is nonetheless uninhibited and does not hesitate to share, always with the same laconic tone, in a certain endearing and amusing way, his ambitions for his rookie season.
» I think I can have a major impact, on both sides of the pitch. Starting with the defense, then moving to the other side of the field. I can involve my teammates or score, but also defend at a really high level. […] And, as a rookie, my goal is to be the Rookie Of The Year, and to be selected for the All-Star Game for rookies. [Rising Stars Challenge, ndlr] “he indeed detailed.