Bendigo’s Dyson Daniels has been taken by the New Orleans Pelicans with the eighth overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft.
The NBA-ready defender and playmaker was made to wait after being tipped to go as high as No.6 in a high-quality field up for selection in Brooklyn on Friday (AEST).
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But his dream came true when the Pelicans snapped the 19-year-old up at No.8. His selection follows Australian Josh Giddey’s pick at No.6 last year and Josh Green (No.18) in 2020, underlining the emerging talent at the Boomers’ disposal ahead of next year’s World Cup, the Paris 2024 Olympics and beyond.
A big, versatile guard standing at a whopping 202 centimetres, Daniels impressed scouts while playing in the G-League in America with his competitiveness and unselfishness at both ends of the…