Another potential lottery pick has entered the 2019 NBA draft pool, according to Jonathan Givony of ESPN.com, who hears from agent Bouna Ndiaye that French forward Sekou Doumbouya has submitted the paperwork necessary to declare as an early entrant.
While he won’t arrive with the same sort of fanfare that Luka Doncic did a year ago, Doumbouya is widely considered to be the top international prospect in 2019’s draft class. He comes in at No. 8 overall on the big board at ESPN.com, with Mike Schmitz praising the combo forward’s strong potential as a defender and shooter.
As Givony observes, Doumbouya also has youth on his side. He won’t turn 19 until December 23, so assuming he stays in the draft and suits up for an NBA team in 2019/20, he’ll become the youngest player to appear in a game since the league instituted its age limit in 2005.
In 2018/19, Doumbouya has been playing for Limoges in the French Pro A league and the EuroCup, averaging 6.7 PPG and 3.0 RPG with a .497/.328/.759 shooting line in 28 games (16.7 MPG).