28 basketball players out of America on NBA draft 2022

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   1. Nikola Jovic

Nikola Jovic is a Serbian professional basketball player who’s currently playing for Mega Basket in ABA League. His height is 6 ft 10 (2.08m), playing both small forward and shooting guard positions.

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Jovic was born in Leicester, England, but was raised in Belgrade, Serbia where he was playing both water polo and basketball.

He made his senior debut at Radivoj Korac Cup in 2021 in Novi Sad at the age of 17. One day after his 18th birthday, on June 10th he signed his first professional contract with Mega. He was named the ABA League Top Prospect for season 2021-22 averaging 11.7 points and 3.4 assists.

Nikola was a member of Serbia U19 national team and recently he made a debut in the Serbia national team at the 2023 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers.

 

    2.  Mario Nakic

Mario Nakic is Serbian-Croation professional basketball player. He is currently playing for MoraBanc Andorra of The Liga ACB. Height listed at 6 ft 8 (2.02m), he is playing small forward.

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Born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia to Croatian father and Serbian mother. His father is Ivo Nakic, retired Croatian basketball player.

He started his career in youth team of Zemun. In season 2014-15 Nakic played for the youth team of Partizan. Year later he moved to Real Madrid’s youth team.

In 2018 he made a senior debut with Real Madrid in Liga ACB. After 3 years he signed a contract with MoraBanc Andorra, staying in Spanish league.

For season 2020-21 Nakic declared himself for 2021 NBA Draft, but in July 2020 he withdrawn his name for the NBA Draft. Now a year later, he has declared himself again for 2022 NBA Draft.

 

   3. Kai Sotto

Kai Zachary Perlado Sotto is a professional basketball player from Filipino. He is a player of Adelaide 36ers of the Australian National Basketball League. Height listed at 7 ft 2 (2.18m), he plays center.

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Sotto was born in Las Piñas, Philippines. His father is Ervin Amedo Sotto who is a former professional basketball player. Kai started playing basketball when he was only 4 years old. He was growing up idolizing players like Kristaps Porziņģis, June Mar Fajardo and Tim Duncan.

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In 2016 Sotto was in basketball program at Ateneo de Manila University in Quenzon City, Philippines. Three years later he joined The Skilled Factory, a preparatory program in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2020 instead of going to college, he joined NBA G League Ignite, but due to logistical issues and travelling restrictions due to Covid-19 pandemic, Sotto left NBA G League. Year later he signed with Australian team Adelaide 36ers of Australian NBL, averaging 7.5 points and 4.5 rebounds.

 

   4. Jaime Pradilla

Jaime Pradilla is a 21-year-old basketball player from Zaragoza, Spain. Currently he’s playing for Spanish basketball club Valencia. The team plays in Liga ACB and EuroCup. His height is 6 ft 9 and he is playing center.

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He was part of the Spanish U18 National Team and in 2019 they won FIBA U18 European Championship. In November 2021 he debuted for the Spain senior national team in the qualifying phase for 2023 World Cup.

In EuroCup season 2021-22 he is averaging 9.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists.

 

   5.Khalifa Diop

Khalifa Diop is a Senegalese professional basketball player currently playing for Gran Canaria of the Liga ACB. This 20-year-old player is 6 ft 11 (2.11m) tall, playing center position.

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He grew up in Senegal, but at 14 he moved to Spain. Diop started playing for a small local club and his talent was quickly discovered which led to him signing with Gran Canaria.

In 2019 Diop represented Senegal at the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup. He averaged 13.1 points, 7 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. Three years later he was selected for the Senegal senior national team for the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

In season 2021-22 while playing for Gran Canaria he averaged 6.4 points and 4.2 rebounds.

 

   6. Josh Mballa

Josh Mballa is a French college basketball player who plays for Buffalo Bulls. Height listed at 6ft 7 (2.01m) he plays small forward and power forward.

Mballa was born and raised in Bordeaux, France. He started playing basketball when he was 8 years old. He played for JSA Bordeaux and Orléans Loiret before moving to US for high school.

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In college as a freshman, he played Texas Tech, but for sophomore year he transferred to Buffalo Bulls where he averaged 10.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. As a junior, he averaged 15.3 points and 10.8 rebounds per game, receiving Defensive Player of the Year honor.

Mballa represented France at the 2016 FIBA Under-17 World Championship in Spain, where he averaged 4.2 points and 4 rebounds per game. Year later he played at the 2017 FIBA U18 European Championship in Slovakia averaging 7.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

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In 2021 Mballa declared himself for 2021 NBA Draft but withdrew his name and returned to Buffalo.

 

   7. Karlo Matkovic

Karlo Matkovic is a Croatian-Bosnian basketball player who is playing for Mega Basket of the ABA League. He is 6 ft 10 (2.08m) tall and is playing power forward and center.

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Karlo was born in Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2017 he participated in the Jordan Brand Classic camp. Year later he also participated at the Basketball Without Borders Europe Camp.

During season 2018-19 he started playing for Cedevita senior team. In 2019 he signed his first professional contract with Cedevita, but was soon loaned to OKK Beograd for season 2019-20. In August of the same year, he was loaned to Mega Basket for the season 2020-21. In that season Matkovic declared himself for the NBA draft but he withdrawn his name. He declared himself again, year later for 2022 NBA Draft.

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Matkovic represented Bosnia at the 2018 FIBA U18 European Championship in Latvia where he averaged 8.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. In 2022 he made a debut for Croatian national team in the 2023 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers.

In the ABA League 2021-22 season he averaged 11.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists. He was also a runner-up for the ABA League Top Prospect for season 2021-22.

 

   8. Keye van der Vuurst de Vries

Keye van der Vuurst de Vries is a Dutch basketball player who’s currently playing for Filou Oostende of the BNXT League. Height listed at 6 ft 3 (1.91m), he’s playing at the position of point guard.

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At a younger age he played at an amateur club Lokomotief, in his hometown Rijswijk. In 2017 he signed with a Belgian club Oostende. He made a senior debut in season 2019-20 and also won 3 Pro Basketball Leage championships with Oostende.
In season 2021-22 he averaged 8.1 points, 6.4 assists and 1.9 rebounds.

 

   9. Lovro Gnjidic

Lovro Gnjidic is a Croatian professional basketball player who’s currently playing for Cibona in the ABA League. Standing at 6 ft 6 (1.98m), he is playing at the point guard position.

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Gnjidic was born in basketball family where both of his parents were professional basketball player. He grew up in the Cibona youth system, where he also started his professional career. During Summer of 2021 MornarBar tried to sign him but he decided to stay in Cibona.

Lovro played for the youth selection of Croatian national team. He played at the 2018 FIBA Under-17 Basketball World Cup, 2018 FIBA U18 European Championship, 2019 FIBA U18 European Championship and 2021 FIBA U20 European Challengers. In 2021 he debuted for the Croatian national team at the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualification game against Slovenia.

In season 2021-22 he averaged 5.6 points, 3.8 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game.

 

   10. Luke Travers

Luke Travers is an Australian professional basketball player for the Perth Wildcats of the Australian National Basketball League. He is 6 ft 7 (2.00m) tall and playing as guard and forward.

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Travers was born in Perth, Australia as a second child. He started his career in 2017 when he debuted for the Rockingham Flames in State Basketball League. Year later he played total of 10 games averaging 14.5 points. In 2019, he played 18 games for the Flames and averaged 11.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. He was also named the SBL Most Improved Player.

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In summer of 2019 he signed a contract with the Perth Wildcats as a development player for season 2019-20. Few months later, he signed a three-year contract extension with the Wildcats. In season 2019-20 he played 6 games averaging 1.3 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists and for season 2021-22 he played 27 games and averaged 7.8 points, 5.4 rebounds.

In 2018 Travers represented Australia at the Under-17 FIBA World Cup in Argentina and won gold at the Under-16 FIBA Asia Championship in China. He had 22 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks in the finale against China.

 

   11. Malcolm Cazalon

Malcom Cazalon is a French basketball player who’s currently playing for Mega Basket at the ABA League. Height being at 6 ft 6 (1.98m), he is playing shooting guard.

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He was born in Roanne, France in 2001. His father is Laurent Cazalon, who is a former professional basketball player.

Cazalon started playing basketball when he was a child a local club Chorale Roanne. In 2017, he moved to ASVEL, playing in the LNB Espoirs under-21 league. Year later he signed his first professional contract with JL Bourg in LNB Pro A. In 2019 he was loaned to the Leuven Bears who play in the highest tier league in Belgium. For the season 2020-21 he signed with Mega Basket who play in the ABA League. In the season 2021-22 he averaged 19.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists.

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Malcolm played at the 2018 FIBA Under-17 Basketball World Cup in Argentina, he averaged 16.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game, helping France win the silver medal.

In 2021 he declared himself for the NBA Draft but withdrew his name. He declared himself again for the 2022 NBA Draft.

 

   12. Matteo Spangolo

Matteo Spagnolo in an Italian professional basketball player who is playing for Vanoli Cremona in the Italian Lega Basket Serie A. He is 6 ft 4 (1.94m) tall and playing shooting guard.

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Spagnolo started playing basketball at the age of four and began his youth career in Aurora Brindisi. At the age of 13 he joined Stella Azzurra. He made a Serie B (third tier men’s basketball league in Italy) debut at 14 making him the youngest Italian player at a senior level.

In 2018 Spagnolo moved to Real Madrid youth academy. Two years later at Adidas Next Generation Tournament Munich, Spagnolo averaged 9.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game, helping Real Madrid’s under-18 team win the title. Few months after he made a senior debut in Real Madrid. He was transferred to Vanoli Cremona for season 2021-22, in the Italian Serie A where he averaged 12.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists.

Spagnolo played for Italy at the 2019 FIBA U16 European Championship in Udine averaging 16.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3 steals and 2.6 assists per game. In 2020 he made a debut for the Italian senior team at the age of 17, becoming the third youngest player to play for Italy’s senior team.

 

   13. Nathan Mensah

Nathan Mensah is a college basketball player from Ghana. Currently he is playing for San Diego State Aztecs of the Mountain West Conference. Height is listed at 6 ft 10 (2.08m), but he is known for his huge wingspan of 7 ft 4 (2.24m).

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Mensah grew up in Ghana playing soccer. He started playing basketball at the age of 13 after being recruited for a tournament. Later he moved to US to attend Prolific Prep. Soon he transferred to Findlay Prep, high school basketball program. After he was rated a four-star recruit, Mensah decided on playing college basketball for San Diego State in 2017. As a freshman he averaged 5.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, 6.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game as a sophomore and 8.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game as a junior. Mensah was named a Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.

In 2017 Mensah player for Team Africa at the Adidas Global Nations event where he averaged 13.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.

 

   14. Yannick Nzosa

Yannick Nzosa is an 18-year-old professional basketball player from Congo. At the moment he is playing for Unicaja of the Liga ACB. He is 6 ft 10 (2.08m) and playing center position.

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Nzosa grew up in Democratic Republic of the Congo playing football as a goalkeeper. At the age of 12 he started playing basketball and one year later he tried to enroll the Canterbury Academy in Las Palmas, Spain but his visa was denied. In 2017 he started playing for Italian club Stella Azzurra Roma.

For the season 2019-20 Nzosa was loaned to Stella Azzurra’s second team Roseto Sharks in the Serie A2 Basket. Later in 2019 before preseason training, his mentor Joe Lolonga picked him up from his hotel to travel to Malaga to join Spanish club Unicaja. For a year he wasn’t allowed to join the senior team due to clashing between Unicaja and Stella Azzurra.

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In the season 2020-21 Nzosa made a debut at the age of 16 in the Liga ACB. He became a second-youngest debutant in team history after Pablo Sánchez. In season 2020-21 he averaged 4.4 points and 2.9 rebounds; in season 2021-22 averaged 2.1 points and 2.0 rebounds.

 

   15. Gabe Stefanini

Gabriel Stefanini is an Italian college basketball player who is currently playing for San Francisco Dons. He is 6 ft 4 (1.94m) and playing guard.

Stefanini was born as an older child in Bologna, Italy to mother Nicolina and father Giancarlo. He attended Bergen Catholic high school in Oradell, New Jersey. He was named first team all-league, all-country and second team all-state as senior. In 2017 Stefanini went to state finals. As a senior he averaged 18 points per game. One year later he enrolled University of Colombia.

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As a freshman at Colombia, he played total of 27 games and averaged 5.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1 assist. In his sophomore year he played 28 games, making 27 starts. That season he averaged 13.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists. He didn’t play in season 2019-20 due to injury and season 2020-21 was cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic. In season 2021-22 he started playing for San Francisco Dons and averaged 9.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists.

 

   16. Amadou Sow

Amadou Sow is a college basketball player from Mali who is playing for UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. Listed at 6 ft 9 (2.06m) he is playing forward.

He was born in Bamako, Mali in 1998. At first, he was playing soccer but then started playing basketball. He moved to the US at a young age to enroll Prolific Prep Academy in Napa, California. Sow graduated from Napa Christian High School where he played basketball. As a senior he averaged 15.3 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. As a junior and senior, he was Named First Team All-League.

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In 2018 he enrolled UC Santa Barbara and had the best freshman season in the history of UCSB. Averaging 12.2 points and 6.6 rebounds he was named Second Team All-Big West. Sow set freshman records for points (391), field goals (150), field goal percentage (56.4%) and free throw attempts (127). He also had the second highest freshman marks for rebounds (210).

As a sophomore he was do only UCSB player to start all 31 games. Ranked the second best on the team in scoring he averaged 14.1 points, first in rebounding 7 per game, and first in blocked shots with 35. During this season he had five double-doubles and scored 828 points in his two seasons at UCSB, 13.1 per game. Sow was named the Second Team All-Big West for the second consecutive season.

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In season 2020-21 Sow was named First Team All-Conference for the first time in his career. He scored more than 1000 points during first 3 years of college. Playing in 26 games, he started in 25 playing for 26 minutes average. Sow was averaging 13.6 points and 7.6 rebounds. Also, he was amazing in free throws scoring 85 out of 103 (82.5%).

In his senior year he played 28 games for 29.7 minutes on average. Statistics say he had 15.6 points and 8.4 rebounds average.

 

   17. Anthony Polite

Anthony Michael Lewis Polite is a Swiss college basketball player who is currently playing for Florida State Seminoles of the Atlantic Coast Conference. He is 6 ft 6 (1.98m) and is playing small forward.

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Polite was born in 1997 in Lugano, Switzerland. His father, Michael Polite was a professional basketball player. From a very young age Anthony was playing football and basketball. He moved to the US to attend high school at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, Florida. As a senior, Polite averaged 20 points and 11.7 rebounds per game, earning All-Palm Beach 6A-1A Player of the Year honors for a second straight year.

In 2017 Anthony enrolled Florida State University to play basketball. He redshirted his first year due to both knee injuries. In his freshman year, Polite played 30 games, averaging 2.7 points and 1.6 rebounds. Sophomore season, he averaged 5.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists. During season 2020-21 he played total of 21 games averaging 10.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists. In season 2021-22 he averaged 9.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and scored 80% of free throws.

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Polite also represented Switzerland at the 2015 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship Division B and the 2013 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship Division B.

 

   18. Andrew Nembhard

Andrew Nembhard is a Canadian college basketball player who last played for Gonzaga Bulldogs at Gonzaga University. He is 6 ft 5 (1.96m) and playing guard.

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Nembhard was born in 2000 in Aurora, Ontario in Canada. He was born to mother Mary and father Claude. He has a younger brother Ryan who is also playing basketball for Creighton.

At a younger age he attended Vaughan Secondary School in Canada, but then he transferred to Montverde Academy in Florida. In 2018 Nembhard was recruited by the University of Florida. In his freshman season he played 36 games and averaged 8 points, 5.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds.

In 2019 Nembhard declared himself for the NBA Draft but withdrawn his name and decided to stay with Florida Gators for the next season. In his sophomore year, Andrew played in total of 31 games for 33 minutes on average. According to the statistics he averaged 11.2 points, 5.6 assists, and 3 rebounds per game.

In summer 2020 Nembhard announced that he would be transferring to Gonzaga. In his first season there he played in 32 games, averaging 9.2 points, 4.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds. In his senior year, Andrew averaged 11.8 points, 5.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds with 87.3% of scoring free throws.

Nembhard represented Canada in U-16, U-17 and U-18 competitions. In 2019 he made a debut for the senior national team for the FIBA World Cup.

 

   19. Gabrielle Procida

Gabrielle Procida is an Italian professional basketball player who is currently playing for Fortitudo Bologna of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A. He is 6 ft 7 (2.01m) and playing small forward and shooting guard.

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Procida was born in Como, Italy in 2002. He started playing basketball at a very young age and joined Pallacanestro Cantù team at a youth level. Later he also played at Stella Azzurra and Virtus Bologna at a youth level, competing in the Next Generation Tournament.

In October 2019, Procida made his professional debut for Pallacanestro Cantù in LBA. In season 2019-20 he averaged 1.3 points and 0.4 rebounds. In 2020 he signed a four-year contract with Cantù. During season 2020-21 he averaged 6.7 points and 2.5 rebounds. In summer 2021, Procida left Cantù due to the team being relegated to Serie A2 and signed a contract with Fortitudo Bologna. In season 2021-22 he averaged 7.0 points and 3 rebounds.

Procida represented Italy at the 2018 FIBA U16 European Championship in Serbia, where he averaged 10.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. He was also part of the Italian team at the 2019 FIBA U18 European Championship in Greece, where he averaged 13.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. In winter of 2021, Gabrielle made his senior debut for the Italian national team.

In 2021 he declared himself for the 2021 NBA Draft but withdrew his name. He declared himself again, for 2022 NBA Draft.

 

   20. Gideon George

Gideon George is a Nigerian college basketball player who last played for BYU Cougars. He is 6 ft 6 (1.98m) and is playing forward.

George was born in Minna, Nigeria. He finished Ahmadu Bahago high school in Nigeria and after that he enrolled New Mexico Junior College where he played basketball. As a freshman in season 2018-19 he averaged 10.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.1 steals. In his sophomore year he averaged 14.5 points, 8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.5 steals.

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For his junior year and season 2020-21 he transferred to Brigham Young University. In his first season there he averaged 5.4 points and 3.5 rebounds. In his senior season he averaged 8.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.

He also has a brother Samson who played at Pittsburgh from 2017 to 2020.

George teamed up with the organization TimeOut4Africa to send out more than 100 pairs of shoes to his hometown Minna, Nigeria.

 

   21. Ziga Samar

Ziga Samar is a Slovenian professional basketball player Fuenlabrada of the Liga ACB. He is 6 ft 6 (1.97m) tall point guard.

Samar was born in 2001 in Jasenice, Slovenia. He started his career with Union Olimpija U18 team in season 2016-17. Year after that he transferred to Real Madrid B in the Liga EBA where he made his professional debut. In that season he averaged 8.5 points, 3.5 assists and 2.7 rebounds. Samar stayed there for another three years. In his last season at Real Madrid B, he averaged 7 points, 3.5 assists and 1.5 rebounds.

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In August 2019, Samar signed a four-year contract with Spanish team Fuenlabrada, but for season 2019-20 was loaned to Zamora of the LEB Plata. There, he averaged 10.6 points, 3.7 rebound and 3.8 assists.

He came back to Fuenlabrada before season 2020-21, where he averaged 3.1 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists. In the next season he was averaging 7.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 4.9 assists.

In 2021 he declared himself for the NBA Draft but withdrew his name, and now he declared himself again for the 2022 NBA Draft.

In 2019 he was part of the Slovenian team for 2019 FIBA U18 European Championship. He averaged 11.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 3.6 turnovers and 1.9 steals.

 

   22. Gui Santos

Gui Santos is a Brazilian professional basketball player who is currently playing for Minas of the Novo Basquete Brasil. He is 6 ft 8 (2.02m) tall, playing small forward.

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Guilherme Carvalho dos Santos was born 2002 in Brasilia, Brazil. His father Deivisson was a professional basketball player, as well as his mother Lucineide.

Santos made a professional debut with Minas in season 2018-19 NBB Season. Two years later he entered the starting lineup. In season 2020-21 he averaged 7.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Season after that, Santos averaged 9.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists.

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In 2019 Santos helped Brazil win the gold medal at the FIBA South America Under-17 Championship in Chile. He scored 27 points in the final against Argentina. Three years later he made a debut for the Brazilian senior national team during the 2022 FIBA AmeriCup qualification.

In 2021 he declared himself for the 2021 NBA Draft but withdrew his name, a year later declaring himself again.

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   23. Ike Obiagu

Ike Obiagu is a Nigerian college basketball player who last played for Seton Hall Pirates. He is 7 ft 2 (2.18m) tall and playing center.

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Obiagu was born in 1998 in Lagos, Nigeria. He started playing basketball as a child. He finished primary school in Nigeria and enrolled Greenforest Christian High School in Decatur, Georgia, where he, as a senior, averaged 8.4 points, 9.5 rebounds and 7.2 blocks.

In 2017 Obiagu enrolled Florida State University and joined Seminoles. For season 2017-18 he averaged 2.3 points and 2.6 rebounds. In spring 2018 Obiagu announced that he was transferring from Florida State to Seton Hall University to join the Pirates. As a sophomore at Seton Hall, Obiagu averaged 2.5 points and 2.1 rebounds. Season 2020-21 was his best one, averaging 4.9 points and 4.5 rebounds. In his senior year he averaged 2.7 points and 4.2 rebounds.

In 2015 Ike played at the Jordan Classic International and Nike Global Challenge. Two years later he also played at the Nike Hoop Summit.

   24. Ibou Dianko Badji

Ibou Dianko Badji is a Senegalese professional basketball player Força Lleida CE of the LEB Oro. He is 7 ft 1 (2.16m) tall and is playing center.

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Badji was born in 2002 in Dakar, Senegal. He was very tall at a young age and by the time he was 15 he stood about 2.16m (7 ft 1) with a 2.29m (7 ft 6) wingspan.

In 2017-18 Badji trained at the NBA Academy Africa in Thiès, Senegal, where he was named one of the best prospects in his age group. In winter 2018, Badji signed a contract with the Spanish basketball club Barcelona and started playing for their youth section.

Badji trained with the first team to prepare for the season 2019-20, but he spent most of the season playing in the reserve team Barcelona B in the third-tier league LEB Plata. In that season he averaged 5 points and 4 rebounds. In season 2020-21 he still played for Barcelona B and averaged 6.3 points and 5.5 rebounds.

In autumn of 2021, Badji signed a contract with the Força Lleida CE, who play in second-tier league LEB Oro.

In 2019 Baji represented Senegal at the 2019 FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup in Heraklion, Greece, where he averaged 6.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game.

 

   25. D’Moi Hodge

D’moi Hodge is a college basketball player from Virgin Islands who last played for Cleveland State Vikings. He is 6 ft 4 (1.93m) tall, playing guard and small forward.

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Hodge attended Faith Baptist Christian Academy in Ludowici, GA, where he won many awards including League MVP and Championship MVP. After high school he enrolled New Mexico Junior College but redshirted during that season. Year later, he transferred to State College of Florida where he stayed for two seasons. In seasons 2018-19 and 2019-20 he played 62 games in total averaging 19.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.

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In 2020, Hodge transferred to Cleveland State Vikings playing there for two seasons. In season 2020-21 he played a total of 26 games averaging 10.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists. In his senior year he played in 29 games and averaged 15.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists.

In 2022 he verbally committed to playing for Missouri Tigers.

 

   26. George Conditt IV

George Conditt IV is a Puerto Rican-American basketball player who last played college basketball for Iowa State Cyclones. Conditt is 6 ft 9 (2.06m) and playing both power forward and center.

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George was born in Chicago, Illinois. His father played football at college, and he is also one of the five children in the family. Conditt attended Corliss High School where he played basketball. In his senior year he averaged 14.7 points, 17.0 rebounds and 8.0 blocks per game. He was selected to the Class 2A first-team All-State, the Chicago Sun-Times Class 2A second-team and was an All-Area honorable mention. Conditt was also selected to the USA Today All-USA high school basketball team Illinois Boys Basketball second team. He was ranked a three-star recruit by ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals.com and chose Iowa State over New Mexico and Illinois.

In his freshman season, he played 26 games and averaged 2.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.0 blocks. In season 2019-20, Conditt played all 32 games starting in 7 of them and averaging 7.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. In his junior year he played in all 24 games making start in 3 of them. He averaged 2.4 points and 3.6 rebounds. During his senior year, Conditt averaged 5.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He also played in all 35 games starting in 26.

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Even though he was born in Chicago, Conditt represented Puerto Rico at the international level, due to his mother Puerto Rican ancestry. He played at the 2018 FIBA Under-18 Americas Championship and averaged 11.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.3 blocks.

In 2021, Conditt played for the Puerto Rican national senior team at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade, Serbia. Also, in the national team he plays center.

 

   27. Matthew Strazel

Mattew Strazel is a French professional basketball player who is currently playing for Lyon-Villeurbanne in the LNB Pro A and EuroLeague. He is 6 ft (1.82m) tall and playing as a point guard.

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Strazel was born in 2002 in Bourg-la-Reine, France. He started his career in 2017 with Lyon-Villeurbanne youth sections. In the 2017–18 season, he split time between the club’s under-18 team and with Espoirs Lyon in LNB Espoirs, the French under-21 league, where he came off the bench. In 2018–19, he became a regular Espoirs player, averaging 14.5 points, 4.7 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game.

In summer 2019, at the age of 16 Strazel signed his first professional contract with Lyon-Villeurbanne. In autumn that year he made his senior debut, and just a few weeks later he also debuted in the EuroLeague. In that season he averaged 3.1 points and 2.0 assists. In season 2020-21 he played the total of 31 games, averaging 5.6 points and 2.3 assists. In 2021-22 he averaged 5.8 points, 1.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

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In 2021 he played for the French U-19 national team at the FIBA Under-19 World Cup, helping the team win a second place, averaging 11.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 6.7 assists.

 

   28. Eric Ayala

Eric Ayala is a Puerto Rican college basketball player for the Maryland Terrapins of the Big Ten Conference. He is 6 ft 5 (1.96m) tall and playing both point guard and shooting guard.

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Eric Ayala was born in 1999 in Wilmington, Delaware. He played basketball for Sanford School in Hockessin, Delaware. After his sophomore season, he transferred to Putnam Science Academy in Putnam, Connecticut. Ayala played a postgraduate season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. A consensus four-star recruit, he committed to playing college basketball for Maryland over offers from Miami and Oregon.

As a freshman, Ayala played in 34 games averaging 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. In season 2019-20 he averaged 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. His junior year, he was averaging 24 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. In his senior year he played in 29 games for 48 minutes on average and having 26 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists per game on average.

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In 2015 Ayala represented Puerto Rico at the 2015 FIBA Americas Under-16 Championship in Argentina, averaging 19.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.


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