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Four previous Hope City Classic players on the cusp of NBA dreams

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July. 28 — The NBA draft was pleasing for Hoop City Classic alumni.

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When the NBA draft kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday on ESPN, four players who made basketball trips to South Dakota could be among the 60 players selected in the two-round draft.

Charles Bassey, Matthew Hurt, Trendon Watford and Alex Antetokounmue are all NBA draft prospects and are not far from the rings at the Hope City Classic in Mitchell and Sioux Falls.

Hurt, Watford and Antetokounmpo were in the star-studded 2018 event, while Bassey played in the 2016 Classic as the nation’s number one. 2 prospects for the second year.

If one or all four are selected on Thursday, a string of Hoop City Classic alumni players will go on to hear their names on draft night. Since 2012, at fewest one previous player has been drafted in the first or second rounds, with 12 alumni drafted in whole.

La Lumiere and Isaiah Stewart of Indiana and Della Sal, and Terrell Terry of Minnesota, who both played multiple games in the Classic, were drafted final season by the Detroit Pistons and the Dallas Mavericks, respectively.

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The list of recruits includes No. 2013. 1 Select Anthony Bennett and 2014 No. 3 Joel Embiid picks.

Other recruits include PJ Washington, Jordan Paul, Garen Jackson Jr., Nigel Williams-Gus, Chick Diallo, Kelly Uber Jr., Nick Johsonnon and Rashad Vaughn.

Bassey, a 6-foot-11, 235-pound center, played for St. Anthony (Texas) during a 2016 event at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. Basie scored 25 points, 12 rebounds, and six blocks in a 73-50 triumph over Sioux Falls Washington in the Classic.

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He rejected a group of blue-blooded schools and committed to western Kentucky. Last season, he was named USA Conference Player of the Year and Best Defensive Player in the League. Bassi is the draft number. 35 prospects and no. 4th place in the rankings, according to

A powerful striker at 6-foot-9, 235 pounds, Hurt played Rochester John Marshall (Minnesota) at the Pentagon in 2018. The Rockets lost to Brandon Vale, but Hurt showed his five-star talent with 36 points, five rebounds and three blocks in the defeat. 74-62.

He later played with Mike Krzyowski at Duke University, where he was a member of the ACC team as a freshman final year. The wound is the draft number. 53 possibilities and 10 forward strengths, according to

Watford and Mountain Brook (ALA) played three games in the 2018 Hope City Classic. The 6-foot-9, 240-pound Watford led the Spartans to an 89-44 triumph over Mitchell with 29 points, nine rebounds, six assists and five steals at Palace Maize.

After leading Mountain Brook to a three-way state championship, Watford played two seasons at LSU. He’s 64th and 15th power forward, according to rankings.

Antetokounmpo, the younger brother of two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, didn’t quite shine in South Dakota. He collected only 11 points of losses against Yankton and Coronado (Nevada) in 2018 for Dominican High School (WES.).

Antetokounmpo has received scholarship offers from DePaul, Ohio, and Wisconsin-Green Bay. However, he chose to play professionally abroad in Spain. The 6-foot-8, 215-pound petite striker doesn’t appear in many ratings drafts, but he has recently worked with the Indiana Pacers. He’s also got his genetic makeup and NBA pedigree to create an opportunity for imagination.

Jaden Hardy, another 2018 Hoop City Classic player, turned down a group of major college basketball teams and will play in the NBA G League this coming season. In March, Hoop City Classic graduates became the 18th to be named McDonald’s American High School. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound shooting guard, Hardy is already starting to make a splash for the 2022 draft and could join other previous NBA Hop City Classic players.


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