In just over two months, it will already be time for the 2022 Draft. Prospects around the world are thus in the final stretch, as is the case for Ousmane Dieng (2m08, 18 years old) and Hugo Besson (1m94, 20 years old) teammates with the New Zealand Breakers in the NBL (Australia).
While the first has officially declared himself a candidate for the Draft, the Breakers have announced that they will release their two French players before the last game of the season, so that they can best prepare for this deadline.
“There is no doubt that playing at the Breakers and learning to thrive in unusual circumstances will have profoundly positive effects on the careers of Ousmane and Hugo.”said Walsh, a former player, passed by Asvel in 2010-2011 and now owner of the Breakers. “In a short time, they have both gone from prospect to NBL stardom, and we expect their NBA careers to follow a similar trajectory in the years to come.”
Ousmane Dieng enjoys a good rating (13.2 points and 4 rebounds on average over his last 11 games) while Hugo Besson (13.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists on average over 25 games) could also find a place in the Top 30 of the next NBA vintage.
Constant progress throughout the season
The two players will now return to France before joining the United States next month for the last phase of their preparation for the Draft. Both believe they have progressed during their stay in Australia.
“Playing for the Breakers and learning every day alongside ex-NBA players transformed my game and gave me the exposure I needed to head into the Draft”said Hugo Besson. “I would like to thank my coaches and my teammates for this season which has made me grow on and off the pitch”.
As he turns 19 on May 21, Ousmane Dieng was also grateful to the Breakers for the richness of the Australian experience as a whole.
“I grew as a player facing adversity and I became a stronger person playing every game away from home, in another country and speaking another language. Every month I was able to develop my game and I finished strong thanks to training with my teammates and the staff. The Breakers have exceptional coaches, and I improved everywhere, especially in defense, because I was able to play against former great NBA players.
Now remains to transform the test and follow in the footsteps of Josh Giddey, also passed by the NBL and who now flourishes on the side of Oklahoma City.