Nate Darling is one of the Canadian prospects hoping to hear their names called in the 2020 NBA Draft.
We've got a couple Canadians 🇨🇦 hoping to hear their names called tonight in the 2020 #NBADraft , including U19 alums @KarimMane_ (2019) and @natedarling14 (2017).#WeAreTeamCanada #StandOnGuard pic.twitter.com/VoNNX1y4pF- Canada Basketball (@CanBball) November 18, 2020
Who is Darling? Here are some fast facts on the Canadian draft hopeful.
Darling was born on Aug. 30, 1998, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He attended high school at DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Maryland.
Darling helped Team Canada win a silver medal at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Basketball Championship. He was also a part of the team that won a gold medal at the 2017 FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup.
UAB's Nate Darling was mobbed by teammates after winning 🥇 for 🇨🇦 at the Basketball World Cup. #SummerU pic.twitter.com/sTPV2YSiBd- NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) July 17, 2017
Darling began his college career at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He averaged 2.5 points per game as a freshman (2016-17), followed by 10.1 points per game as a sophomore (2017-18). In his sophomore season, Darling led the team with 61 made 3-pointers while shooting 40.9 percent.
Following his sophomore season, Darling transferred to the University of Delaware.
After redshirting the 2018-19 season, Darling averaged 21.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game as a junior (2019-20). He made a total of 107 3-pointers, setting a single-season University of Delaware record.
On Aug. 2, 2020, Darling announced that he was keeping his name in the 2020 NBA Draft.
pic.twitter.com/TtEmNhvuam- Nate Darling (@natedarling14) August 3, 2020
Darling is a 3-point shooter. In his three-year collegiate career, he made an average of 3.1 3-pointers per game at a 40.8 percent clip. He has NBA size at 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds.
"With teams all over the NBA looking for the next Duncan Robinson, Darling stands out as a real option," The Athletic's Sam Vecenie wrote. "And he's someone who actually has a bit more ball creation skill than guys like him typically get credit for. He can play in pick-and-roll, and he finished at the rim at a high level this season."
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