The Australian is bidding to become the NBA’s next great import. Here we find out more about Dyson Daniels’ parents and ethnicity, in particular the influence of his dad.
The NBA Draft takes place tonight (23 June) with the best college athletes and overseas players hoping to make their dreams come true.
Although subject to change, the Orlando Magic have the No.1 overall pick, followed by Oklahoma City, Houston, Sacramento, and Detroit.
The NBA has truly become a global game in recent years, with the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, Luka Doncic and Nikola Jokic joining the league from far and wide.
Australian basketball rising star Dyson Daniels is hoping to be next on that list and is expected to be a top-ten pick. If he is selected, the 19-year-old will become the 32nd Australian to play in the NBA.
Dyson Daniels’ parents and ethnicity
The youngster was born on 17 March 2000 in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. Dyson Daniels’ parents are father Ricky Daniels and mother Brikitta Kool-Daniels.
Dyson Daniels’ ethnicity is mixed, as his father is African-American while his mother is Australian. His mom is on Instagram @brikittakool:
Dyson is Australian by nationality and made his debut for the Australian senior national team at FIBA Asia Cup qualification in 2021.
He recorded 23 points, six steals and four assists in an 81–52 win over New Zealand.
He is following in his dad’s footsteps
Dyson Daniels’ dad Ricky is originally from the US and played college basketball at NC State. However, he moved to Australia to play basketball for NBL1 club the Bendigo Braves.
Ricky Daniels is a Bendigo Braves legend, and his number 23 was retired at Bendigo Stadium having won two South East Australian Basketball League MVP awards. During his stint with the Braves he averaged 20.3 points, 13.1 rebounds and four assists.
In 2019, a then 15-year-old Daniel followed in his father’s footsteps by signing for the Braves.
Daniels’ father was very proud
By playing for the Braves, Daniels became just the third son of a former player to represent the club.
“I’ve come down and watched his training a bit and I think he’ll fit it in pretty well,” Ricky told the Bendigo Advertiser at the time
“He’s more of a shooting guard-point guard, I was more a 3-4-5, (but) I played point guard in high school and college a bit,” he said. “He’s a bit quicker and a bit more athletic and he has got the smarts.
“I am very proud – he’s achieved a lot at a young age.”
Dyson’s path to the NBA
After playing for the Braves, Daniels moved to Canberra to attend the NBA’s Global Academy, starring at the U20s Australian Junior Championships in March 2020. He led Victoria to a silver medal at the U20s National Championships.
He then moved to the NBA’s development league, the G-League, and played for the Ignite. In 26 games in the G-League, he averaged 12 points, 7.1 rebounds, 5.1 assists and two steals per game. He also competed in the Rising Stars Challenge at 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend before declaring for the 2022 NBA Draft on 16 April.
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