College basketball stars Remy Martin and Johnny Juzang trained with the Los Angeles Lakers ahead of the NBA draft.
Martin is a Filipino American player who played for Arizona State University for four years. He declared for the 2021 NBA draft but withdrew his name to play a fifth year at the University of Kansas. That year, he averaged 8.6 points per game, according to ESPN.
Martin became a hero in the 2022 NCAA Division 1 Basketball Tournament (March Madness). In the final game against University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Martin scored 14 points to help his team win the tournament.
The Kansas Jayhawks star hails from the Los Angeles area. The Lakers are his hometown team. On his Instagram Stories, he noted that this pre-draft workout “hit differently.” He said he felt “extremely grateful”.
Juzang is also originally from Los Angeles. The Vietnamese-American player has just completed his first year at the University of California, Los Angeles. He played his freshman year of college basketball at the University of Kentucky before transferring to UCLA. He averaged 15.6 points during his junior year. In the 2021 NCAA Tournament, he averaged 22.8 points over six games, NBA.com reports.
Juzang said he enjoyed the pre-draft workouts.
“You need to enable this stream,” Juzang said, according to NBA.com. “Encourage each other and build trust. The process has been great because you travel across the country, play basketball and compete.
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