The Mallorcan connection of a draft pearl

The nba draft held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn has had Paolo Banchero as a great star when he was chosen by the Orlando Magic, but among the first elections a player with a past on the Island stands out. The San Antonio Spurs have opted for Jeremy Sochanwho in his first year as a cadet was part of the Zona Rookie Summer League held in Consell, evidencing the potential that has made him one of the names of references at dawn in the best league in the world.

«It has been a great surprise to see him in such an early election. She called us to participate in the campus and it was a great experience. He was seen at another level, but few make this step to the NBA after their first year of university career », he explains. Jordi Riera, founder of the Zona Rookie Summer League and that last year he received a call from a nba scout to complete reports on Jeremy Sochan, who comes to the Texan franchise after passing through Baylor and after having spent almost all of his childhood in England. A player who promises and who arrives with the air of Rodman.

Sochan’s case has been another great joy for those responsible for the Rookie Zone Summer League, who plan to return to the calendar next year after the break caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “This year we were also very happy to see the award for Joel Parra as the best youngster in the ACB, since he was also with us”, comments Jordi Riera, who can boast of a notable list of participants in a campus that has included, among others, Cristina Mato, Paula Saravia, Tim Rudovsky, Carmen Grande or Juana Camilion. Precisely another of the proper names in the 2017 edition in which the new San Antonio Spurs player participated is Pau Tendero from UCAM Murcia.

Draft night was marked by the upset of the first pick. Most analysts and forecasts pointed to Jabari Smith (Auburn) would be number one, but the Orlando Magic surprised this Thursday by choosing Paolo Banchero (Duke) in the first position of the 2022 NBA draft. In second place, as expected, the Oklahoma City Thunder chose center Chet Holmgren (Gonzaga) and Jabari Smith, who was selected by the Houston Rockets, fell to third place. The “top 5” of the draft was completed by Keegan Murray (Iowa), who will play for the Sacramento Kings; and Jaden Ivey (Purdue), who will defend the colors of the Detroit Pistons. Bennedict Mathurin (Indiana Pacers, sixth position), Shaedon Sharpe (Portland Trail Blazers, seventh), Dyson Daniels (New Orleans Pelicans, eighth), Jeremy Sochan (San Antonio Spurs, ninth) and Johnny Davis (Washington) also appeared in the top ten. Wizards, tenth).