There were four French on the starting line: Joël Ayayi, Yves Pons, Olivier Sarr and Juhann Begarin. Only the last named finally saw his name selected for this 2021 NBA Draft. Aged 18, the back of Paris Basket (1.96 m), promoted to BetClic Elite this season, convinced the Boston Celtics who drafted him in 45th position, in the second round.
Juhann, who is none other than the little brother of Jessie Begarin, captain of Champagne Basket, has just had a very good season in Pro B with the Parisian club, with 11.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 12 ratings on average. “We really like Juhann. I find him to be a strong player, a versatile fullback, who can defend in this position with his athleticism and strength, likes Brad Stevens, the general manager of Boston. He came the other day for a test. We were able to see him up close, and we had been following him for a long time. Considering his physique, age and athleticism, he has a long career ahead of him. “
It is not certain, however, that Begarin will play the Summer League (August 8-17) with the Celtics. The player could even stay a little longer in Europe to continue to harden. “This is the most likely outcome even if there is nothing finalized. I think it will be very, very beneficial to him, Brad Stevens said. This level of basketball is awfully good, and as we have seen, the coaching in all these different countries and all these different places in the world is awfully good. So it’s a great preparation for the next steps if Juhann follows this path, as Yam did. (Madar). »
The Israeli playmaker, drafted by the Celtics in 2020, continued his journey at Hapoel Tel Aviv. Named “best progression of the championship” in 2020, Madar confirmed the hopes placed in him, compiling 17.7 points and 5.2 assists on average. He will play in the Summer League with Boston.
May Juhann Begarin know the same trajectory. This selection for the Draft has already aroused the pride of his club, Paris Basket, and of his coach, Jean-Christophe Prat. “This is the story of a young baby of 3 years, Paris Basket-ball, who has just seen Juhann Begarin, a young man of 18, the first player of the club to be drafted 45th pick by the Boston Celtics”, relishes the Parisian coach, in a message posted on Twitter.