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Izan Almansa Signs With G League Ignite

Jun 26, 2023 8:56 AM

Spanish big man Izan Almansa has signed with G League Ignite for the upcoming season. Almansa is a potential lottery pick at the 2024 NBA Draft.

For the last two years, Almansa has played with Overtime Elite. He'll now switch to G League Ignite to get ready for the 2024 Draft.

"This is the best step to take now to improve my game, play against grown men and also work on my body," Almansa said.

The 6-foot-10 big man won MVP at the FIBA U17 World Cup and the FIBA U18 European World Championship. He came to the United States two years ago with hopes of improving his game, and he feels he's done that.

"My game has improved in a lot of ways in the U.S.; my shooting, physicality and also seeing how the people see the game here, everybody is trying to get to the same place so is super competitive," Almansa said. "I decided to continue my development in the U.S. because I want to play here for the next years so I think that being in this environment is going to help me more."

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Ron Holland Joins G League Ignite

May 31, 2023 2:45 PM

Ron Holland will play for the G League Ignite next season.

Holland is the No. 2 ranked senior in high school basketball for the graduating class of 2023. Holland had committed to Texas but decommitted in late April.

Holland is the No. 6 prospect in the 2024 NBA draft.

"This process was not easy," Holland told ESPN. "At times it was scary because at times I had no idea where I would be.

"The G League will help me reach my potential as a basketball player and prepare me for the NBA. To have a long career, I need to prepare my body and improve my skills as I continue to try to win games. They have a program to help develop my body and my game. I know I have to work on being a more consistent shooter, along with my footwork and ball handling, so I can score in space on the perimeter against a set defender."

Holland is a 6-foot-8 forward from Duncanville (Texas) High School.

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Matas Buzelis Signs With G League Ignite For Next Season

May 31, 2023 10:52 AM

Matas Buzelis, the projected first overall pick in the 2024 NBA Draft, has signed with G League Ignite for next season. Buzelis is a Chicago native who holds United States and Lithuanian citizenship.

This season, Buzelis played at Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas, after transferring from Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. He won the Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year award for 2023, after winning the same award for New Hampshire the year prior.

The 18-year-old forward has measured in at 6-foot-10. Buzelis will look to follow the same path that led Jalen Green to being a high pick after playing with the Ignite. Scoot Henderson is a projected top-three pick in the 2023 draft, after he played two season for the Ignite.

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Scoot Henderson Shut Down For Remainder Of G League Season

Mar 14, 2023 2:51 PM

Scoot Henderson has been shut down by the G League Ignite for the remainder of the season.

The Ignite are unlikely to make the playoffs and the feeling is that Henderson has shown enough this season ahead of the NBA Draft.

Henderson is expected to either be the second or third pick in the draft.

In 19 G League games, Henderson averaged 16.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 6.5 assists in 30.7 minutes.

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G League Officials Insist Scoot Henderson Will Play Again This Season

Dec 27, 2022 5:55 PM

Scoot Henderson hasn't played in a game since November 18th after spending three weeks in concussion protocol following a nasal fracture. Henderson missed the G League Winter Showcase, which is one of the most widely attended events for NBA decision-makers.

Some executives indicated they would be surprised if Henderson plays in another game this season considering he's all but assured of being a top-3 pick.

But G League Ignite officials show down that thinking and insist he will play again soon.

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NBA To Stream Select G League Ignite Games On NBA App

Nov 2, 2022 9:38 AM

The NBA announced that select G League Ignite games will be streamed live via the NBA App this season. This includes the Ignite's season-opener this Friday, November 4.

The league also announced that several Ignite games will air on ESPN channels this season. The NBA previously announced that all games of French club Metropolitans 92 will air via the NBA App this season.

Metropolitans 92 and the Ignite feature Victor Wembanyama and Scoot Henderson, respectively. Wembanyama and Henderson are widely expected to be the first two players selected at the 2023 NBA Draft.

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Victor Wembanyama, Scoot Henderson Shine In First Exhibition Matchup

Oct 5, 2022 8:50 AM

When French club Metropolitans 92 and G League Ignite agreed to play a pair of exhibition games, it was hoped that Victor Wembanyama and Scoot Henderson would put on a show. The two 18-year-old prospects delivered.

Wembanyama scored 37 points on 11-of-20 shooting, including 7-of-11 on three-pointers. He also blocked five shots. The combination of seven threes and five blocks has happened only one time in NBA history.

Henderson led the Ignite to a 122-115 victory behind his 28 points. The guard scored 28 points on 11-of-21 shooting. Henderson showed off an impressive mix of his driving ability and his jump shot.

Wembanyama and Henderson are widely expected to be selected first and second overall, respectively, at the 2023 NBA Draft.

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