By: Tye Richmond
Another Delawarean has made it to the NBA, Jalen Duren was selected in the 2022 NBA Draft. He had a very crazy draft he was first taken by the Charlotte Hornets, before being traded to the New York Knicks, and then ultimately the Pistons. There is somebody else with local ties that was first drafted by the Charlottee Hornets then traded and the is Kobe Bryant so hopefully Duren has some of the success that the late great Kobe Bryant had.
According to wdel.com, Duren was born in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania, before his family moved to New Castle.
He attended school in Delaware through 8th grade, when he chose to attend Philadelphia power Roman Catholic with members of his AAU basketball team.
From there, he transferred to national prep power Monteverde Academy, becoming the 2020-21 MaxPreps Florida High School Basketball Player of the Year, before playing a season at the University of Memphis.
He becomes the third Delaware resident taken in the NBA Draft in the past five years.
Salesianum’s Donte DiVincenzo was picked 17th by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2018, while St. Georges’ Bones Hyland was the 26th pick of the Denver Nuggets in 2021.
The sports scene in Delaware is heating up especially basketball and it is great to see the talent that is coming from the State