The Blue knights: how the Italian prospects can impact the NBA Draft

May 03, 2022 176

BY: Orazio Cauchi

In 2020, it was Nico Mannion who broke the negative streak and put Italy back on the map of the NBA Draft. The Arizona alumn was born in Siena, Italy, but grew up in the United States and wasn't a product of the Italian youth basketball system.

The last product of the Italian movement to be selected in the NBA Draft was Alessandro Gentile back in 2014. Despite being close to joining the Houston Rockets at least a couple of times, in the end, Gentile never made it to the NBA. 

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