London’s Shadon Sharp drafted seventh overall by Portland Trail Blazers – London

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After three years of playing against the best in Ontario with the Beale Raiders at the OFSA, London’s Shaden Sharp is now ready to play against the best of the best in the world.

Brooklyn, NY. Sharp was selected seventh overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2022 NBA Draft.

When NBA commissioner Adam Silver called his name, Sharpe stood up wearing a suit designed by his sister and took to the stage to put on his hat and soak in his moment.

Sharp became the eighth Canadian selected in the top 10 since 2013, when Anthony Bennett of Toronto finished first for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The very next year Andrew Wiggins went first overall – also for the Cavaliers.

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Sharpe was part of back-to-back draft picks from Canada after Montreal native Benedict Mathurin was picked sixth by the Indian pacers.

In 2019, Sharpe spent his one and only year playing high school basketball at the Thames Valley Athletic Association and it was during this time that Dave Sewell who coached with Fanshawe and the NBL of Canada’s London Lightning made his debut. had heard.

“When I first met him I left Lightning and a friend of mine told me I wanted to play (see Shadown),” Sewell said. “You can tell he had a chance to do something special with the game.”

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Sharp moved to the United States to attend prep school in Kansas and then a year later moved to Dream City Christian School in Glendale, Ariz.

While Sharp impressed in both places, it was his game in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League that saw him take the next level.

“NEYBL is very different,” Sewell said. “Coaches and staff (are in attendance) from every school in the country. Most (NBA) general managers are there.

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Sharp is committed to the University of Kentucky but was not ready to begin his NCAA career until 2022–23. He started one semester in high school and enrolled in Kentucky with plans to practice as a redshirt freshman before his first season in college.

Sewell says that once he arrived at the Kentucky Sharps he was presented with a prime choice.

“He didn’t finish playing and he was projected (to be a high NBA draft pick) and he and his family and coaching staff made a decision (to declare for the draft) and here we are today.” Sewell described.

Sharp’s future has always been bright. Now it’s just coming into clear focus.

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