G League stint pays dividends for Aussie draft hopeful Dyson Daniels

All eyes will be on June's NBA draft, with rising star Dyson Daniels set to become the next Australian prospect to reach the league.

Fresh off an impressive season with the G League Ignite, the 19-year-old is back in Australia for a month, as preparations ramp up in the lead up to the Draft.

"Back home for a month. I wouldn't call it a break; I'm getting ready for the draft. It's good to get home to get with family and friends and refresh the mind," Daniels told ESPN's The Jump.

The Ignite gives young prospects an alternative to NCAA basketball, allowing blue chip talent the opportunity to play in a professional league, earn money and dip their toes into the NBA system.

"I've loved it. Going over there was a risk for me, but it paid off. I really enjoyed my time; we had a good group of guys that enjoyed playing together. We had a great coaching staff, and I learned a lot and developed on and off the court which was the main reason I went there."

Along with Daniels, the Ignite are set to produce multiple first round picks this year, with Jaden Hardy and MarJon Beauchamp also projected to have their names called.

"The best thing we had was that the team was really close and tight, we wanted everyone to succeed," Daniels says of competing against fellow NBA hopefuls.

"Everyone had to sacrifice something for the team to help the team do well. Towards the end we really started to put together some good basketball."

At 6'7" and still growing, Daniels has the size of modern-day NBA guard, with an ability to defend across multiple positions. On the offensive end he is damaging in transition and has a nice in between game, with the next step being refinement in his long-range shot.

Across 26 total games, Daniels connected on 27.3 percent of his 3.3 attempts beyond-the-arc per outing, but those numbers were significantly higher in the back third of the season as he adjusted to the regulations of an NBA floor.

"That's my swing skill, being able to shoot the basketball. I think my last nine games I shot it 45%, so I think for me it's just getting in the gym and getting reps up. I've always had the mechanics, it's just adjusting to the ball, adjusting to the NBA 3-point line. Once I got the hang of that, the stroke was feeling really good in the end."

Picked to drop at ten in the latest ESPN mock draft, Daniels admits he's aware of the noise his season with the Ignite has created.

"I try not to pay too much attention to it but obviously I see them all on social media. I do see them, but I think at the end of the day it's what the team's think is going to help them. For me, it's just getting in the gym and putting in the work."

Regardless of where his name is called, Daniels has only one goal on his mind.

"I just want to help a team win, that's the main thing. I want to help a team win."

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