Young Dunedin-born player turning heads in US

The latest in the line of one of Otago's greatest basketball families is gaining overseas attention.

Mojave King has drawn high praise from two of ESPN's top NBA draft analysts.

Born in Dunedin to Leonard and Tracey King (nee Paul), the 16-year-old is from Brisbane and a product of the Queensland basketball system.

Leonard was a performance director for Basketball Queensland, before beginning as Basketball New Zealand's general manager of high performance last year.

The 1.93m guard has starred at the NBA Academy Next Generation Showcase held at the NCAA Final Four in Minneapolis.

Highly respected ESPN NBA draft analyst Jonathan Givony tweeted that King was putting on a show in front of "quite a few NBA executives".

"Mojave King emerging as a real NBA prospect today," Givony wrote.

"Has nice physical tools and a plus IQ.

"Making 3s from all over, dunking on people in transition, making the extra pass impressively.

"Another talented guard coming out the increasingly stacked Australian national team pipeline."

Fellow NBA draft analyst Mike Schmitz tweeted and echoed the sentiments.

"6-4 Australian guard Mojave King has really shown his talent these last couple days.

"Impressive blend of physical tools, scoring instincts and feel at 16 years old."

A member of Australia's NBA Global Academy, King is playing for the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence team in the NBL1 - a new league below the NBL.

He has played three games so far, scoring an impressive 24 points on 56% shooting.

That included 5/8 from the three-point line against the Ringwood Hawks.

King's father, Leonard, was one of the greatest to play for the Otago Nuggets, first joining the side as an import in 1991 and playing 181 games.

He was the franchise's all time leader in points, rebounds and steals, and is second in assists and blocks.

Meanwhile his mother Tracey was a nippy point guard and one of Otago's best women's players.

Her father, John Paul, coached in the province for over 50 years, and is widely recognised as one of Otago basketball's greatest figures.

Mojave's older sister Tylah also played for Otago U19 in 2014.

She recently finished at the University of the Pacific, which plays in the NCAA division one.

King is the latest of a host of prospects to come out of the Australian system.

This year the country has had 13 NBA players, while also churning out plenty of college talent.

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