Travers realises NBA dream
Perth Wildcats young gun Luke Travers is off to the NBA, selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with pick 56 in the 2022 NBA Draft on Friday morning (Australian time).
The 20 year old was taken with the penultimate pick of the draft, rewarded for an impressive NBL22 season with the Wildcats.
Having made history in starting on debut while still a development player in 2021, Travers rose to another level last season playing in multiple positions, improving his three-point shooting, showing off his athleticism at the rim and also impressing as a point-guard despite Perth missing finals.
Travers moved to the US at the end of the NBL season and spent seven weeks touring the country to meet teams. He trained in front of eight NBA teams and was also invited to the G-League Elite Camp.
The young Western Australian grew up in Rockingham and played in the NBL1 West competition with local club Rockingham Flames, attending Willetton Senior High School.
New Orleans Pelicans selected fellow Australian Dyson Daniels, at pick eight.
He played for G-League Ignite and his defensive work and playmaking quickly turned him into a top-10 pick.
Daniels grew up in Bendigo, in country Victoria. He followed in the footsteps of another Victorian, Josh Giddey, who was a top-10 draft pick last season to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The New York Knicks chose Frenchman Ousmane Dieng at pick 11 after his strong NBL season for the New Zealand Breakers.
But the Knicks immediately traded Dieng to the Thunder where he will play alongside Giddey.