The NBA has formalized the list of players registered in the Draft. As expected, several Frenchmen are in the running including the promising Killian Hayes and Theo Maledon, who can aim for a nice place.
The promising Killian Hayes and Theo Maledon are as expected among the French registered for the 2020 NBA Draft, according to the list of 205 players released Tuesday night by the body.
Hayes between 3rd and 10th place?
The 18-year-old Hayes played his first two pro seasons at Cholet, his training club, before joining Ratiopharm Ulm in the summer where he averaged 12.8 points, 6.2 assists, 1.5 interceptions in 27 minutes average in the Eurocup, before the coronavirus stopped the season. The leader can hope to be chosen between 3rd and 10th place in the first round.
In his wake, Maledon, also 18, was playing his second pro season at the Asvel, until his break due to the Covid-19. He can get 15th or 16th place. “I aim as high as possible, in a team that wants to give me responsibilities and wants me to learn. What would satisfy me is to be in the NBA with a team that is ready to make me play, to trust me,” he told RMC Sport.
Joel Ayayi, a 20-year-old university full-back, is also on the list of registrants. He could be drafted in the second round, as could fullback Yves Pons (21), from the University of Tennessee.
Second round goal for Tillie and Ndoye
Winger Mouhamed Thiam, who plays in Nanterre, is also in the Draft, whose local attractions will be pivot James Wiseman, fullback Anthony Edwards, point guard LaMelo Ball and interior Onyeka Okongwu. Little known and little used among hopefuls in Nanterre, Thiam has almost no chance.
Hayes, Maledon, Ayayi, Pons and Thiam can remove their names from the list before the NBA Draft. In addition to these five players, all those born in 1998 are automatically eligible for the Draft. Killian Tillie and Abdoulaye Ndoye (Cholet) can aim for the second round.
Draft on June 25… or later
The 2020 Draft, which will allow the 30 NBA franchises to recruit the best players from the NCAA and from abroad, is scheduled for June 25 in Brooklyn.
But the spread of coronavirus could lead the league to postpone it to a later date and/or organize it behind closed doors like the Women’s League (WNBA).