Brazilian striker Gui Santos has submitted documents to the league office in order to qualify for the tournament 2021 NBA drafthis agent Aylton Tesch from A11 Sports Management told ESPN.
Santos, the No. 33 prospect in the ESPN 2022 bill drafthas had a productive season as a starter in the Brazilian premier league for Minas Tênis Clube, which is in second place with a 26-4 record. The 18-year-old 6-foot-8 forward averages 8.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game and shoots 37% on 3-pointers.
He was one of 13 players invited to the Nike Hoop Summit World Team earlier this month, a prestigious honor. He got on the NBA radar in 2019 at the NBA Basketball Without Borders camp in America.
He was also a key member of the Brazilian national team on the FIBA Americup Qualifiers window in November and should also be on the FIBA window in February before Brazil’s games were postponed due to travel restrictions for COVID-19.
Due to his youth and the lack of scouting opportunities caused by the pandemic, Santos was not originally expected to be part of the 2021 NBA draft class. Positive feedback from teams and the lifting of NBA travel restrictions for scouting purposes prompted him to step into the draft to assess his chances of hearing his name, his agent said. The Brazilian playoffs begin this week and Minas will be looking to win his first championship in the club’s history.
Santos is powerfully built and has a 7-foot wingspan that allows him to play larger than his size. He sees time at both the front spots and is asked to do a little of everything for the Belo Horizonte-based team thanks to his versatile skills and ability to hold multiple positions. His job is often to pull the ball up and put his team on the offensive. He sees some possessions initiating pick and roll sets or attacking mismatches one on one. The freedom he enjoys offensively and the chance he has been given this season are rather a rarity at this level of competition, as he has played in both the Brazilian league and the Basketball Champions League Americas, a pan-continental league for the top teams who got a significant season in South America, where his team finished third.