WALNUT CREEK, Calif., June 21, 2021 - International standout Dyson Daniels, a highly touted guard out of NBA Global Academy in Australia, has signed with NBA G League Ignite, NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim announced today.
"I'm so blessed to be joining Ignite and I'm ready to take my game to the next level," Daniels said.
Daniels joined NBA Global Academy, an elite basketball training center at Basketball Australia's Centre of Excellence at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, Australia, in 2019. The Bendigo, Australia native emerged as one of the country's top young prospects, participating in the NBA Academy Games 2019, exhibition games as the 2019 NBA G League Winter Showcase and the 2020 Torneo Junior Ciutat de L'Hospitalet in Barcelona, Spain.
He previously represented Australia at the FIBA U15 Oceania Championships before receiving an invitation to join Australia's senior national team in FIBA competition this February, pouring in 23 points alongside four assists, three rebounds and six steals against New Zealand. Daniels is currently training with the Australian national team for the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2021, set for July 3-11.
Daniels becomes the second NBA Academy graduate to sign with Ignite, following India's Princepal Singh (NBA Academy India; NBA Global Academy). Daniels joins Michael Foster Jr., Jaden Hardy and Scoot Henderson among Ignite's incoming top young standouts looking to continue the team's success from its inaugural year. With five-time NBA champion Brian Shaw serving as head coach, Ignite's first season featured strong professional debuts from elite prospects Jalen Green, Jonathan Kuminga, Daishen Nix, Isaiah Todd and Singh.
About NBA G League Ignite
NBA G League Ignite is a first-of-its-kind team dedicated to developing top young prospects in preparation for the NBA Draft. Based in Walnut Creek, Calif., and coached by five-time NBA champion Brian Shaw, the roster includes elite players who are eligible for the NBA Draft as well as NBA and NBA G League veterans who serve as mentors to the team's young talent. The program focuses on high-level competition and accelerated on-court development for players who are beginning their professional careers. Additionally, the team provides life skills training that includes financial literacy education, community service involvement and scholarship opportunities. While Ignite is not a traditional NBA G League team, competition includes games against NBA G League opponents and exhibitions against international teams.
About NBA Academy
NBA Academy is an elite basketball development initiative that provides top high school-age prospects from outside the U.S. with a holistic approach to player development. The NBA Academy program includes six academies across Australia, China, India, Mexico and Senegal for top prospects from their respective countries and continents. In March 2018, the NBA launched the NBA Academy Women's Program, a series of basketball development camps for top female prospects from outside the U.S at the league's academies. Since then, NBA Academy Women's Program camps have been held in China, India, Mexico and Senegal. More than 45 NBA Academy participants have committed to NCAA Division-1 schools and eight participants have signed professional contracts. Find out more about the NBA Academy program at nbaacademy.nba.com, on Twitter @NBAAcademyPR and on Instagram (nbaacademy).