Potential Lottery Pick Tidjane Salaun Entering Draft

Potential lottery pick Tidjane Salaun has submitted paperwork to the NBA office, making him eligible for the draft, he told ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.

The French forward is currently ranked No. 15 on ESPN’s Best Available list. His shooting ability has made him an intriguing prospect for NBA teams.

Salaun has made 75 three-pointers in his 54 games with Cholet Basket in the FIBA Champions League and Pro A. The 6’10” forward is also an 80% free throw shooter.

Overall, the 18-year-old is averaging 9.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 23 minutes per game.

“The NBA has always been a dream of mine, but recently it’s become a goal,” Salaun said. “It’s just the logical next step for me. I learned a lot of things on and off the court this season. I’m ready to make a big step now for the next level.”

Defensively, Salaun can cover a lot of ground and possesses a 7’2” wingspan.

“I am an energizer for my team,” Salaun said. “I always give 100% bringing a lot of intensity and hustle. There is a fire in me that pushes me to be my best on every play.”

Salaun’s ability to participate in pre-draft workouts could be delayed until late May or June since his team is in playoff contention, Givony notes. Salaun was not considered a top prospect until recent months. He was cut from the French junior national team as a 17-year old.

“I had to work and hustle for everything,” Salaun said. “A lot of people doubted me. Some people who didn’t trust me before, I want to make them pay.”

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