Jonathan GiffoniESPN4 minutes to read
Freshman Kansas guard Grady Dick will enter the 2023 NBA draft and forgo his remaining college eligibility, he told Mallika Andrews on ESPN’s “NBA Today” Friday.
“None of this would be possible without God and my family,” Dick told ESPN. “They have been with me every step of the way. I also want to thank the coaches, teachers and friends along the way.”
Deck, the 11th overall in ESPN’s NBA draft prospects, was named to the Second Team All-Big 12 and to the All-Rookie after averaging 14.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game this season, shooting 40% for 3.
Kansas won the Big 12 tournament and earned a top seed in the NCAA Tournament, and lost in the round of 32 to Arkansas as Jayhawks coach Bill Self had to step away from the team due to health issues.
“This year has been amazing,” Dick said. “KU has always been an incredibly special place for me and my family. I grew up in Wichita, and I saw my brothers go there, so I dreamed of being there in the jerseys. Being on that court at Allen Fieldhouse was really special. I learned a lot about myself on and off.” The stadium. Kansas will always be in my heart.”
Dick entered the season a top 20 selection and immediately hit the ground running at Kansas, scoring 23 points on 4-for-6 shooting from behind the arc in his first college game. He was consistently productive against the top teams in the Kansas schedule, providing set goals from the perimeter while holding his defense.
“I feel like the NBA teams have learned more about my competitiveness this season,” Dick said. “My goal has always been to try to outdo everyone in anything I do. I also wanted to show my flexibility. No matter what happens, and how I play, I will always come back with a balanced head and ready to go. I am classified as a shooter, but I like to show the versatility I have in my game.” .”
At 6-foot-8, Dick fits the easy mold of what NBA teams are looking for in a wing with a high floor and plenty of upper-left side to draw on at the 19-year-old.
“I look forward to showing you more examples of my versatility,” Dick said. “I feel like there are so many aspects of my game that I can show off and I’m excited to get into the gym and work on it. I also want to show the teams how hard I work.”
“I just want to be in the moment on draft night and take it all in. That’s been my biggest goal in my football career, so I want to enjoy every moment and just be there with my family and loved ones. My goal is to be with an NBA team that suits me the most, and I’m looking forward to giving 110%.” Whoever chooses me. In the end, I just want to make my family proud of everything I do.”
The NBA draft will be held May 15-21 in Chicago, and the draft will be June 22 in New York City.
Jonathan Giffoni is an NBA draft expert and founder and co-owner of DraftExpress.com, a proprietary scouting and analytics service used by NBA, NCAA, and international teams.
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