Former Sydney Kings Development Player William McDowell-White has thrown his name into the mix for the 2019 NBA Draft.
According to ESPN NBA Draft expert Jonathan Givony, McDowell-White intends on leaving his name in the draft, with the Australian able to withdraw between now and the draft taking place given he is not automatically eligible in 2019.
McDowell-White played in seven games for Sydney during the 2016/17 NBL season, with eight points on debut against the Perth Wildcats.
Australian point guard William McDowell-White has declared for the 2019 NBA draft, he told ESPN. “My plan is to stay in the draft this year. I feel like I am ready to pursue my lifelong dream of playing in the NBA.” ESPN news story:https://t.co/i0Zd0JyraE
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) April 15, 2019
After departing Sydney, McDowell-White has been playing in the German Pro A (second division) with Brose Bamberg’s second team Baunach while training with their first division outfit in the BBL (first division).
In the 2017/18 season McDowell-White had a breakout season in Germany’s Pro A, averaging 12.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game.
Following an injury derailed 2018/19 season with both Bamberg and Baunach, McDowell-White told ESPN that now was the right time to shoot his shot in the NBA.
“My plan is to stay in the draft this year,” McDowell-White told ESPN.
“I feel like I am ready to pursue my lifelong dream of playing in the NBA.”
McDowell-White is optimistic that he can showcase his talents in the pre-draft process and receive an invitation to the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago which could lead him closer to being the next Australian to make the jump to the NBA.
Australians all play with a chip on their shoulders, and a certain amount of toughness,” McDowell-White said. “Being the next one drafted would be a great honor.
“Obviously, we have had stars like Ben Simmons get drafted, but even the less-heralded Aussies — guys like Joe Ingles, Jonah Bolden, Patty Mills and Aron Baynes — have had great success in the NBA and are playing integral roles on playoff teams.”
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— NBL (@NBL) April 15, 2019