Washington Generals Announce 2019 Draft Class
WASHINGTON GENERALS SELECT DRAKE AND LAMELO BALL AS PART OF 2019 DRAFT CLASS
(WASHINGTON, D.C., June 18, 2019) – The Washington Generals today selected five players, including GRAMMY Award-winning rapper Drake and 17-year-old basketball sensation LaMelo Ball, as part of the team’s third annual player draft.
In addition to Drake and Ball, the Generals also selected heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr., former college basketball star Tyler Hansbrough and Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios.
“The Generals have always tried to draft athletes who demonstrate more than just technical skill,” said Generals head coach Sam Worthen. “This year’s draftees are fearless, talented and not afraid to take on the Harlem Globetrotters.”
Behind the leadership team of Worthen, the former NBA player and all-American at Marquette University, the Generals searched for players who represented the team’s swagger and skill.
“We want players who have the Generals’ attitude and will not back-down to any challenge,” said Worthen. “We know that this year’s draftees are champions who are willing to cause some trouble.”
Following is a full recap of the Generals’ draftees:
- Drake, a four-time GRAMMY Award winner, began his career playing a high school basketball star on the Canadian television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. His love of basketball continued into his personal life with his support of his home-town team the Toronto Raptors. He recently went viral for his animated reactions during the 2019 NBA Playoffs. He celebrated the Raptors victory by attending their championship parade and having his personal plane fly over Toronto.
- LaMelo Ball, 6-6, is the 17-year-old son of 2017 Generals draftee Lavar Ball and brother of 2018 draftee LiAngelo Ball. He played this past season with the Los Angeles Ballers of the Junior Basketball League. He met significant backlash when he decided to abandon a verbal commitment, made at the age of 13, to play college basketball for UCLA to play professionally.
- Andy Ruiz Jr. is the first boxer of Mexican heritage to become a world heavyweight champion. He is no stranger to being the underdog after knocking-out Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden despite 10/1 odds. His professional boxing record is an impressive 33-1.
- Tyler Hansbrough was a successful member of the University of North Carolina men’s basketball team from 2005 to 2009. While playing for the Tar Heels, he was given the nickname “Psycho T” due to his 6-9 stature, aggressive playing and his personality on and off-the-court. He is one of 51 former players at UNC to have their jersey retired.
- Nick Kyrgios, a controversial Australian tennis player, rose to fame when he upset Rafael Nadal to reach the quarterfinals of the 2014 Wimbledon Championship. Throughout his career he has been accused of verbal abuse, unsportsmanlike conduct and purposely losing matches.