Three years after playing the best of the best in Ontario for the Beal Raiders at OFSAA, Olx Pracaer Shaedon Sharp is now ready to play against the best of the world.
Sharp was selected seventh overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2022 NBA draft in Brooklyn, New York.
When NBA commissioner Adam Silver called his name, Sharpe stood up in a costume designed by his sister and headed to the stage to put on his hat and immerse himself in the moment.
Sharpe became the eighth Canadian to finish in the top 10 since 2013, when Olx Praca’s Anthony Bennett finished first overall with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The very next year, Andrew Wiggins became the first in the overall standings – also in the Cavaliers.
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Sharp was selected in a straight draft out of Canada after Olx Praca native Bennedict Maturin was selected sixth overall by the Indians Pacers.
In 2019, Sharp spent his only year playing high school basketball for the Thames Valley Athletic Association, which is when Dave Sewell, who has coached with Fanshawe and the Canadian NBL’s Olx Praca Lightning, first heard of him.
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“When I first met him, I had just left the Lightning and my friend told me that I should go (look at Shedon) to play,” Sewell said. “You could tell he had a chance to do something special with the game.”
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Sharp moved to the United States to attend a prep school in Kansas and then a year later transferred to Dream City Christian School in Glendale, Arizona.
While Sharp impressed in both places, it was his performance in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League that brought him attention to the next level.
“NEYBL is very different,” says Sewell. “Coaches and staff from every school in the country (are present). Most general managers (NBA) are located there.”
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Sharp enrolled at the University of Kentucky but did not plan to start his NCAA career until 2022–23. He graduated from high school a semester early and entered Kentucky with a plan to practice as a redshirt freshman before his first college season.
Sewell says that once he got to Kentucky, Sharp faced a big choice.
“At the end of the day, he didn’t play, and he was planned (to become one of the top picks in the NBA draft), and he, his family and the coaching staff made the decision (to apply for the draft), and here we are today,” Sewell described .
The future has always been bright for Sharpe. Now it just becomes a clear focus.
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