Jayleen Williams (20, Oklahoma City Thunder) of the American professional basketball team expressed her gratitude for Vietnam, her mother’s country. 스포츠토토
Williams said in an interview with ‘Basketball News.com’ in the US on the 22nd (Korean time), “I’m really happy to have made history. I am very proud of being loved by Vietnam.”
In the 2022 NBA Draft, Williams was selected in the second round, #34. He became the first player of Vietnamese descent to receive the US Professional Basketball Rookie of the Year nomination.
Williams admired, saying, “The amount of support and support we are receiving from Vietnam is amazing.” Another Vietnamese captain, Johnny, 21, also participated in the NBA draft last year, but was not drafted.
The captain signed a 2022-23 contract with the Salt Lake City Stars of the 2nd division of the American Professional Basketball League (G League), which can be promoted to the 1st division Utah Jazz. He played one NBA preseason game for the Jazz, but has not played in the regular league yet.
Williams was selected as ▲Defensive 5 Girls ▲Director’s Best 5 ▲AP News Selected Best 10 at the 2021-22 National Collegiate Sports Association (NCAA) 1st Division Southeast Conference (SEC) during his time at the University of Arkansas basketball team.
The University of Arkansas advanced to the quarterfinals in 2022 in the US college basketball round of 68 tournament called ‘March Madness’. However, Williams revealed that he was in a situation where he could not guarantee the nomination, saying, “I was told that I would be selected only a few weeks before the NBA draft (June).”
Williams averaged 3.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 16 games of the 2022-23 NBA regular season. He broke his career high with 11 points on January 13 this year and 10 rebounds on December 30 last year.