French guard/forward Ousmane Dieng has committed to play for the NBL’s New Zealand Breakers as part of the Australian league’s Next Stars program, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Dieng, 18, is 6-foot-9 and joins current Hornets point guard LaMelo Ball and Magic shooting guard R.J. Hampton as top prospects to sign in Australia. Draft prospect Australia’s Josh Giddey, a 6-8 point guard, is also part of the program.
Dieng was heavily recruited by both traditional college powerhouses and the G League Ignite program before deciding on the NBL, Wojnarowski noted.
More on the Draft
- Several international prospects declared for the draft over the weekend, as forwarded by Stefan Djordjevic of EuroHoops. The list of “early-entry” overseas players includes Yoan Makoundou, Tarik Biberovic, Nikos Chougaz, Ariel Hukporti and Uros Trifunovic.
- Per ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, other notables to declare include Hugo Besson, Juhann Begarin, Kenny Baptiste, Gregor Glas, Mert Akay, Bojan Tomasevic, Vrenz Bleijenbergh and Tom Digbeu.
- Of all the aforementioned, Makoundou is perhaps the most notable. The 6-9 French forward is just 20-years old, noted for his natural athleticism and coming off a particularly strong season with Cholet.
- Plenty of the international prospects will be taking part at the NBA Combine in Chicago, Givony wrote. The Combine is scheduled for June 21-27, just ahead of the annual lottery.