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Before the New Orleans Pelicans took Dyson Daniels eighth overall, his mom briefly became a ball lover and went viral on social media.
Brikitta Kool-Daniels joined her son on stage before the draft began. NBA fans fainted. On Tuesday, she recalled all the lights in a post summarizing her night with her son.
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“Mess over a little white dress,” she wrote on Instagram.
She seemed excited to be able to support her son as he prepared to take court for the pelicans.
The 19-year-old Daniels played in the G League after coming to the United States from Australia. He played in 26 games in the G League before being selected in the top ten by the Pelicans.
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“I love to play in defense and I can protect a lot of different situations. If my attack isn’t going well, I can stay on the ground by disrupting the defense. I have the tools — height, height and the will to defend,” Daniels said.
“I can make plays for my teammates, and best of all I’m a winner. I’m ready to get on the ground right away and defend, steal and play high.”
While with G-League’s Ignite, he averaged 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 5.1 assists.
“Playing in the G League helped me learn the NBA style,” Daniels added. “I kept getting better and better. It was really helpful to be where I am today.”
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Daniels joins the innovative Pelicans that made it to the playoffs after winning a place in the playoff championship. CJ McCollum and Brandon Ingram will lead the way while Jose Alvarado’s defense has made him a rising star. Zion Williamson may also be healthy for the 2022-23 season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.