Kings Select Neemias Queta in the Second Round of NBA Draft 2021
The Sacramento Kings tonight selected Neemias Queta (Nuh-mee-us Kay-tuh) from Utah State with the 39th overall draft selection in NBA Draft 2021, according to General Manager Monte McNair.
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) July 30, 2021
Queta, the Mountain West Conference (MWC) Defensive Player of the Year for both 2019 and 2021, brings a defensive prowess to the Kings after holding records of most career blocks (219) and blocks per game (2.5) during his three-year stint at Utah State. He was also selected to the MWC All-Defensive First Team in each of the three seasons, and holds single-season records of 97 blocks and blocks per game (3.3) during the 2020-21 season.
As a junior for the Aggies, Queta averaged 14.9 points (.559 FG%, .707 FT%), 10.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 3.3 blocks, 1.1 steals and 30.0 minutes per game in 29 games (all starts) during the 2020-21 season. At Utah State, Queta accrued career averages of 13.2 points (.594 FG%, .646 FT%), 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.5 blocks and 28.0 minutes per game in 86 games (84 starts). A 7-0, 245-pound native of Barreiro, Portugal, Queta becomes the first-ever native of Portugal to be drafted into the NBA.
— USU Men's Hoops (@USUBasketball) July 30, 2021