2021 NBA Draft Profile

Neemias

Queta

Round 2Pick 39
Drafted By:Sacramento Kings
Position
C
Height/Weight
7-0 / 245 lbs
School/Club
Utah State
Country
Portugal
Status
Junior
Birthday
7/13/1999
Draft 2021

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
• 2020-21 AP All-America Honorable Mention selection.
• One of four finalists for 2020-21 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year.
• Two-time Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year (2018-19, 2020-21).
• Owns Utah State records for blocks in a career (219), single season (97) and single game (nine).
• All-Mountain West First Team selection in 2020-21 and Second Team in 2018-19 and 2019-20.
• 2018-19 MWC Freshman of the Year.

JUNIOR (2020-21)
• Only player in the Mountain West to average a double-double (14.9 ppg, 10.1 rpg).
• Led the nation in total blocks (97) and finished third in blocks per game (3.34).
• Ranked 13th in the nation in rebounding average.
• Scored a career-high 32 points at Boise State (Feb. 17).
• Recorded a school-record nine blocks to go with 18 points and 14 rebounds vs. Colorado State in the MWC Tournament semifinals (March 12).

STRENGTHS
• Intriguing mix of size, length and basketball IQ.
• Instinctive rim protector and rebounder.
• Advanced passing skills.
• Plays with great energy at both ends.

PERSONAL
• Has a chance to become the first Portuguese-born player to be drafted into the NBA or play in a regular-season game.
• Parents, Mica and Dyaneuba, are from the Republic of Guinea.

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Queta had 16 double-doubles in the 2020-21 season, tied for the third most in the nation.

QUOTE
“[W]hen he gets the ball, something good is going to happen for Utah State. It’s going to be a bucket, it’s going to be a foul drawn or it’s going to be an assist. He is the best big-man passer that I saw this year in college basketball.”

-Former Texas Tech and current Texas head coach Chris Beard

 

— Profile by NBA Communications