Back in 2018, long before he was lighting up the NBA, a fresh-faced Josh Giddey was just like the 60-odd young male and female basketball players who have descended on Canberra this week.
He too had been invited to take part in a Basketball without Borders camp, this one in India, identified as an emerging Australian talent with the potential to go places.
Now, few people would have predicted this is where Giddey would land, rewriting the record books and quickly establishing himself as one of the NBA’s most marketable rookies – on and off the court.
Even Giddey himself would admit that.
The 15-year-old that attended that camp in India was very different to the Giddey we see now, playing with a certain ‘swagger’ that just shows that he belongs on the biggest stage.
“This was when no…