Ousmane Dasng will be a lottery pick and enter the NBA Draft

France's Ousmane DiengAccording to ESPN, the 6-foot-10-inch projected lottery pick will participate in the 2022 NBA Draft.

Dieng, an 18 year-old European star, was the first to make the leap from Europe to Australia under the NBL’s Next Stars program. 12 in the ESPN 100 rankings.

With his move to NBL, Dieng left a lasting impression on professional evaluators. He had to compete against older, more experienced pros, and demonstrate perseverance when his New Zealand Breakers were forced to play an entire season in Australia.

Dieng said that playing in a tough league filled with very good players was really beneficial for him. “I gained a lot. It was a significant transition, as I had to face much better players than those I saw in France. The game is more fluid. Everyone is more physical.

“… I needed to improve my body, and I was fortunate to have a great strength- and conditioning coach. I was able to improve my defense significantly this year. My improvement was largely due to the coaches. When I was struggling, I trusted them. I continued working hard to improve my game.”

Dieng's transfer to the NBL was in accordance with past decisions LaMelo Ball, Josh GiddeyAnd R.J. HamptonTo play in the league before becoming NBA first-rounders.

ESPN's Dieng stated that he feels more at ease with the ball in his hands. “I can defend any position (Nos. One through four

Dieng is considered a great passer and defender, with the potential to guard multiple positions in the NBA. ESPN spoke to him about Nic Batum, his fellow countryman. LA ClippersAnd Toronto RaptorsCandidate for rookie of the Year Scottie BarnesYou are one of the many players that he watches and learns about.

ESPN's Dieng stated that “I am a bit similar to (Barnes), in terms of my versatility.”

Jonathan Givony, an expert on the NBA Draft, is also the co-founder and owner of DraftExpress.com. This private scouting service and analytics platform is used by NBA, NCAA, and International teams.

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