In last year’s NBA draft, two players were selected in the first round and a third player in the second round. If the draft boards are correct, Ignite will surpass last year’s totals in Thursday night’s draft.
Dyson Daniels, Jaden Hardy, Margon Beauchamp, Michael Foster Jr. and Fanbo Zing highlight the prospects for Ignite NBA Draft. Daniels, Hardy and Beauchamp are all expected to hear their names in the first round, while Foster Jr. and Zing are expected to enter the second round.
Last year, Ignite’s Galen Green and Jonathan Kominga went in the first round, while Isaiah Todd was selected in the second.
Daniels, a 6-6 point guard, averaged 12.0 points, 7.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 2.0 steals in 15 games with Ignite. Daniels who transitioned from the NBA Academy to the G League, was Ignite’s best defender and could play ball too. “Dyson’s leaps in his game speak to his professional approach and desire to improve every day,” said Chris Ebersole, senior NBA director who oversees elite development for the World NBA Academy. “We are very proud of Dyson and excited to see his hard work paying off.”
Hardy led the Ignite in scoring, averaging 19.8 points per game. If the match is tight, the 6-4 goalkeepers are usually the player who called him up for delivery. His overall shot percentage from the floor (37.9%) and from 3-point range (31.7%) might intimidate some teams, but he tied 81.3% from the free throw line and is a rebellious and good passer.
The 21-year-old Beauchamp is the oldest member of the Ignite Horizons team. The 6-6 junior striker is one of 20 players invited to sit with his family in the green room on the draft, and his height and athletic ability make him an interesting opportunity on both sides of the floor. He is expected to go from mid to late in the first round and has had a very good season with Ignite, averaging 15.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He also tied 57% of his shots from the field.
Michael Foster Jr.
Foster Jr., 19, whose age ranges from 6 to 8, is both physically and mentally strong. He’s got good athletic kinetics and speed for his size and lately a light weight. He has a strong jump shot and averaged 15.5 points, 9.5 high rebounds for the team and 2.2 pieces per game.
On paper, Ignite’s last draft is Zeng, another 6-11 player from China who missed most of last season through injury. When he played, he showed good throwing range and ability to score in the paint. He is expected to be selected late in the second round.