NBA Global Academy's Josh Giddey impresses as recruitment heats up
Stepping out for the NBA Global Academy in the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas this week, Josh Giddey has continued to impress, and as a result his recruitment has also heated up.
The super-versatile 6’7 point guard has been showcasing his high IQ and outstanding court vision as a standout for the NBA Global Academy, leading the program to two straight wins against Balboa School Orange (CA) and Cooper Academy (CA) before hitting a road block against Trinity (NV).
A highlight of Giddey’s play has been his superb passing and playmaking ability. It was something that he spoke about with Evan Daniels.
“It’s kind of just been naturally,” he said about his ability to facilitate. “From a young age I was always a pass first guy, and I stayed that way. I grew and being a bigger guard gives me an advantage so that’s where I got it from.”
Giddey has been courted by many college programs, with scholarship offers from Arizona, Baylor, Colorado, Ohio State, Oklahoma and TCU, while Louisville, Marquette, Georgetown and Iowa State are also circling.
While NBL teams are courting the son of former Melbourne Tigers player Warrick Giddey who now works with Melbourne United, Giddey explained to Daniels that college was his preferred option.
“More than likely it’s going to be college,” Giddey said of choosing his development pathway. “I went on an official [visit] to Colorado, and I got to see what college was like. Thinking more about it, I realise the pro door is always going to be open, whereas the college door closes.”
Having played six season for Melbourne United in the NBL, Australian Nate Tomlinson, a former Buffaloes star point guard himself, returned to Colorado to take up the Director of Player Development role in July this year. Tomlinson could well be the difference that results in Giddey committing to the Pac-12 program.
“It was great,” he added of his visit to Colorado. “The coaches were great, the school was good, and I had a good time.
“I’m going to wait until after this and see what schools contact me,” he added. “I’ll probably take some more visits at the beginning of next year.”