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Jovic, Dieng highlight international prospects in NBA draft | Basketball

LONDON (AP) — Ousmane Dieng of France moved to Australia for a season to hone his skills. Nikola Jovic stayed home in Serbia.

Both are expected to end up in the NBA, though, since they are among the top international prospects in Thursday night’s draft.

Both are versatile 6-foot-10 wings who only recently turned 19 years old after completing their first professional season.

Dieng played for the New Zealand Breakers in Australia’s National Basketball League as part of its Next Stars program, which has become a hotspot for NBA prospects. Jovic was voted top prospect in the ABA League after his first full season for Belgrade club Mega, which produced reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic.

Here’s a look at some of the top international players in the draft:

STRENGTHS: Multi-faceted scorer with court vision and playmaking…




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