Daniels: Josh Giddey plans to turn pro with NBL
We might be seeing more of Josh Giddey at home in Australia - in an NBL jersey, when the NBL 2020/21 season tips off.
According to Evan Daniels of 247Sports, Giddey, who has been training at the NBA Global Academy, confirmed that he plans to sign with the NBL and turn pro, instead of committing to a high major US college under scholarship. It is unclear if contractual negotiations have begun with the NBL or its teams - he has yet to announce representation. Giddey, a talented point guard with excellent passing vision that's been likened to NBA All-Star Luka Doncic, is in the class of 2021.
Giddey has been a fast-rising prospect on the college recruitment radar, and would be a solid prospect for the league's Next Stars program. Given his Melbourne upbringing, and his father, Warrick's career with the Melbourne Tigers, it's not out of the question to think that Melbourne United would be a potential landing spot, along with crosstown rival team, the South East Melbourne Phoenix. Back in July last year, Giddey had confirmed that NBL teams had begun reaching out to get his thoughts on going pro.
The 6'8 Melbourne native recently participated in the U20s Australian Junior Championships with Victoria, taking home gold for the men's team with a buzzer beating jumper. He attended the NBA's Basketball Without Borders camp in Chicago, and will also be playing for the Australian Boomers in the upcoming FIBA Asia Cup 2021 qualification series in Brisbane, against New Zealand and Hong Kong at Nissan Arena.