Adelaide 36ers Josh Giddey has played his last game with the 36ers as he prepares to take the next step towards the NBA.
Giddey has already declared his intention to enter the NBA Draft in July this year.
Hungry Jack’s NBL Commissioner Jeremy Loeliger has congratulated NBL Next star Josh Giddey on his outstanding season for the Adelaide 36ers and wishes him for the NBA Draft in July.
“Josh, the Club, and the NBL have made the collective decision that it’s in his best interests to finish his season now and start preparing for the NBA Draft and he leaves with our best wishes for what will be a very exciting career ahead of him.
“His workload in his rookie season has been immense and given how quickly the NBA Draft is approaching, we are all supportive of Josh taking the opportunity to refresh and prepare for the workload ahead of him.
“At just 18, he has demonstrated that he is an incredible talent and it’s not surprising that most experts are predicting he will be a first-round draft pick. He became the youngest Australian to record a triple-double in the NBL and has impressed everyone with his family with his maturity on and off the court. He is not just a fantastic young basketballer but a terrific young man and he will be a great ambassador for Australia on the international stage.
“Josh will become the latest NBL Star to join the NBA after LaMelo Ball, RJ Hampton, Brian Bowen Jr, and Didi Louzada and there’s no doubt his season in the NBL has helped develop his game and prepare him for the next stage of his career.
“His success has only heightened interest in the Next Stars program and we are currently canvassing potential candidates for next season and hope to be in a position to make some exciting announcements soon.”