Israeli prospect Deni Avdija entering 2020 draft

Forward Deni Avdija, an Israeli prospect pegged as a likely lottery pick, has filed paperwork to enter the 2020 NBA Draft, he announced Thursday on ESPN’s Get Up.

“First of all, the NBA is the best league in the world. There is a lot to learn over there and a lot of experience there,” Avdija said. “I think it will be great to take my game to the next level.”

Avdija, 19, has played for Maccabi Tel Aviv in the EuroLeague and Israeli league since 2017, winning the last two Israeli league titles and helping his country win gold at consecutive U20 European Championships. He won MVP honors at the 2019 U20 European Championship, which was held in Israel last summer.

Standing 6-foot-9 with experience playing guard and forward, Avdija is ranked the fifth overall prospect by ESPN and the ninth overall prospect by

He averaged 12.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 26.6 minutes per game in 21 games in the Israeli league this season before play was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)