If they played the game of rumors by letting too long to believe that their seventh pick could be the subject of a trade off, the Blazers ended up doing it. And that, to pick up one of the most mysterious players in the draft: Shaedon Sharpe.
The 19-year-old Canadian winger, who ultimately did not play an official game for Kentucky this season, passed through Portland on June 15 for practice. He made a strong impression!
“Shaidoun is a fantastic talent and we are very optimistic about his future”Joe Cronin, Portland general manager, said on the Blazers’ official website. “It was a unique situation where Sheldon didn’t play college basketball and wasn’t seen or rated compared to the other players in the draft. We were fortunate enough to be able to build a good relationship with Sheldon, especially with some of our new hires who watched him a lot.”
It’s not rocket science to read between the lines here and realize that Joe Cronin is referring to Mike Schmitz, the recently recruited ESPN reporter for the Blazers who has long been a supporter of Shaedon Sharpe (and Jabari Walker for that matter). .
“We had Shidon here for a three-on-three workout and he was absolutely fantastic,” Joe Cronin continues. “These drills are not just about seeing the players on the field to assess them, you can also spend a lot of time with them and get to know them, and see what motivates and motivates them. It was a good experience for us because he was entering the draft like an outsider.”
“I can’t wait to learn from Damien Lillard”
An early phenomenon, Shydon Sharp earned 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists at the Nike EYBL circuit in 2021, and before that, he helped his native Canada win gold at the US Championships in 2019.
A great athlete and a “natural” scorer, he reminds us of the raw talent (offensive and athletic) of one Anverne Simmons a few years ago…
“It was a tough choice because it meant I accepted that you can’t have a perfect career. There are always ups and downs. Going from high school to college, but not playing in college and joining directly into the NBA, is a hell of a journey,” Shaddon Sharp acknowledges. “But I struggled really hard and enjoyed every step.”
Initially passionate about American football, he changed the ball after a serious injury to his right leg. Since then, the Canadian child prodigy has passed “middle school” in California but also three different high schools, most recently in Glendale, Arizona.
With his number 17 on his shoulders, he will make his debut during the Las Vegas Summer League, nearly a year after his last appearance in a game…
“I am very happy to come to Portland, they have so many great players,” Shaedon Sharp concluded. “I am really looking forward to learning from Damien Lillard. He is one of the best defenders and has been in the league for a while. I am really looking forward to being able to learn alongside him.”
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Shaddon Sharp from London, Ontario is a bit of a mystery, because he’s doing something very few players have ever done – go to the NBA after not playing in college.
But, as Rick Westhead explains, his path to this point has never been a straight line. pic.twitter.com/8BBfuvIcLU
—TSN (TSN_Sports) June 22 2022