Italian striker Gabriele Procida will remain in the 2022 NBA Draft

Gabriele Procida, a 6-foot-7 forward from Fortitudo Bologna in Italy, would remain in the 2022 NBA Draft, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.

Procida, who was born in Italy, averaged 6.9 points and three rebounds on 38.3 percent shooting from 3-pointers in 26 games this season. He produced perhaps his best game of the year on December 13, recording a season-high 19 points and seven rebounds.

The 6-foot-7 forward was among the prospects who entered the draft last month in Chicago, Illinois. He measured with a 6-foot-8 wingspan and recorded a three-quarter sprint of 3.02 seconds, which was tied for the fastest time.

Procida had until 5 p.m. EDT Monday to withdraw from the draft.

He made his debut for Italy’s senior team in the EuroBasket 2022 qualifiers and had 10 points and three rebounds in a loss to North Macedonia. He also played in the FIBA ​​U18 European Championship 2019, averaging 13.1 points and 4.6 rebounds.

Procida is considered a potential second-round pick this year. He had previously tested the pre-draft process last year but opted to return to Italy for one more season. He has great athleticism and is highly touted as a 3-D prospect.

The NBA draft will take place on June 23.

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