Sixers Sign Josh Giddey as NBL Next Star
Exciting young Australian NBA prospect Josh Giddey has signed with the Adelaide 36ers as part of the NBL's Next Stars program.
NBL Commissioner Jeremy Loeliger said: "Australia has some of the best young basketball talent in the world. It’s always been our intention to include local players in the Next Stars program and we are delighted to announce Josh as the first.
“It’s critical that the NBL develops local talent and helps put Australian players on the radar of NBA scouts. We wish Josh every success and look forward to making more exciting announcements about other Next Stars players soon."
Adelaide 36ers owner Grant Kelly said: “Josh is arguably the best young basketball talent in the nation and we’re thrilled for him to choose to start his professional career at the Adelaide 36ers.”
Adelaide 36ers General Manger of Basketball Jeff Van Groningen said: “Josh is a special player. The way he sees the floor, can make the pass from both sides of his body, and understands the rhythm of the game all set him apart”
“He is an elite guard blessed with height at his position and a skillset that will draw international attention. Josh’s decision to sign with the 36ers is an endorsement of not only the club but the NBL’s rising status and he truly is a next star in name and ability.”
Giddey, the son of former Melbourne Tiger great Warwick Giddey, is currently based at the NBA Global Academy in Canberra. He played for the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence team in the 2019 NBL1 season and represented Australia at the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp at the 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago
Giddey said: “I’m thrilled to have signed my first professional contract with the Adelaide 36ers. Obviously the NBA is my goal and I believe that playing in the NBL is the best pathway for me to get there.”