July 21, 2024

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Second Belgian in the NBA: Ajay Mitchell, drafted by the New York Knicks and traded to Oklahoma

Second Belgian in the NBA: Ajay Mitchell, drafted by the New York Knicks and traded to Oklahoma

The time has come: we have a second Belgian in the NBA. After Toumani Kamara last season, another compatriot was also selected this year in the biggest basketball competition in the world. He was the 38th pick of the New York Knicks, but was immediately traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

In the second round of the NBA draft, Ajay Mitchell won. Our 22-year-old compatriot was not selected in the first round yesterday, and today he was the 38th pick of the New York Knicks.

They immediately traded him to Oklahoma City and that’s how Mitchell became the Thunder. He will join his compatriot Toumani Kamara in the NBA, a childhood dream of the Belgian.

Last season, Mitchell starred for Santa Barbara in college basketball. It’s more than enough for the playmaker to earn a spot in the world’s biggest basketball competition.

Who is Ajay Mitchell?

Ajay Mitchell is the son of an American father and a Belgian mother. His father Barry caused a stir in Ostend in the 1990s.

Mitchell Jr. grew up in Belgium, but moved to the United States 3 years ago to combine basketball with studying at the University of Santa Barbara. After 3 solid seasons with the Santa Barbara Gauchos, he became available for the NBA Draft. That’s how it goes.

In 2021, Mitchell made his debut for the Belgian Lions at the age of 18, in a European Championship preliminary round match against the Czech Republic.

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