French point guard Theo Maledon has entered the prospect field for the 2020 NBA Draft.
“I am excited to announce that I am declaring for the 2020 NBA Draft,” Maledon wrote in an email to ESPN.
The 18-year-old guard plays in the EuroLeague and French LNB for ASVEL. He averaged 7.1 points and 2.3 assists in 17 minutes and was the leading candidate to take home the EuroLeague Rising Star award, according to ESPN.
Here’s more from ESPN’s Jonathan Givony on the international prospect:
[Maledon] won a gold medal at the U16 European Championship and was captain of the French junior national team that won silver at the FIBA U17 World Cup. After a summer of training and playing exhibition games with the French senior national team, Maledon rejoined a deep ASVEL squad that was invited to participate in the EuroLeague for the first time since 2015. His team was tied for first place in France at 21-4 when its season was suspended on March 10 because of the coronavirus pandemic.”
Maledon has excellent size for a point guard at 6-foot-5, with a 6-foot-9 wingspan that allows him to defend any of the backcourt positions. A career 36% 3-point and 79% free throw shooter, he is arguably the most experienced player in the draft in terms of minutes against quality competition despite being only 18. He draws rave reviews for his work ethic and approach to the game, possessing a level of poise and maturity that belies his age.