By Madisen Carter
For the past seven years, Unlimited Potential Basketball’s Coach Packie Turner has been traveling to Santa Barbara in the Spring to work with athletes and prepare them for the upcoming NBA Draft and the NBA Summer League. Coach Packie works with the talented basketball players signed by global agency WME Basketball, including First Team All-Rookie Jalen Williams, fourth overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, Scottie Barnes and more!
WME Basketball recently announced the athletes that are officially signed with the agency. Get to know more about the talented players that Coach Packie has been working with since the beginning of April!
Grant Nelson announced that he was entering his name into the 2023 NBA Draft after three seasons at North Dakota State University. During his freshman season, he was named the Summit League Sixth Man of the Year and played in all 27 games. He led his teams in blocks for the season with 38 his sophomore year and scored at least 17 points in eight games during the season.
Nelson leaves NDSU after his junior season where he was named to the All-Summit League first team. He led the team in points, rebounds, assists and blocks this past season (19.9 points per game, 9.8 rebounds per game, 2.4 assists per game, and 1.7 blocks per game). Nelson hit 1,000 career points this past season and leaves the program with a total of 1,043 points, 520 rebounds, 112 assists and 113 blocks.
Isaiah Wong helped lead the Miami Hurricanes to its first appearance in the Final Four. Wong played in all 37 games during the season and started in 36 this past season and averaged 16.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. He was named First Team All-ACC and ACC Player of the Year.
Wong declared for the 2023 NBA Draft after four seasons with the Hurricanes. He had 12 games scoring over 20 points and had his best game of the season against Cornell when he recorded 36 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. He leaves Miami with a total of 1,866 points, 539 rebounds and 289 assists.
Jalen Wilson “will go down as one of the most decorated players in Kansas men’s basketball history,” according to KU Athletics. In his final year at Kansas, Wilson was named Consensus All-America First Team, he received the Danny Manning “Mr. Jayhawk” Award, and was the Julius Erving Award Recipient. He was also the Unanimous Big 12 Player of the Year and was also named All Big 12 First Team.
Wilson had a season-high 38 points against Kansas State in January and scored more than 25 points in seven games this past season. He ended his career with Kansas with a total of 1,475 points, 802 rebounds and 204 assists.
Gradey Dick announced he was declaring for the 2023 NBA Draft after an incredible freshman season with Kansas. While starting in all 26 games, Dick set the freshman three-point record with 83 three-pointers on the season. He was named USBWA All-District VI Team and Big 12 All-Freshman Team
The 2022 Gatorade Player of the Year leaves his first and only season as a Jayhawk with a total of 507 points, 185 rebounds and 60 assists. He was second on the team averaging 14.1 points per game which ranked him 12th in the Big 12.
Leonard Miller currently plays for the NBA G-League Team Ignite and is eligible for the 2023 NBA Draft. The 19 year old Canada Native played in 24 games this past season with the Ignite and started in 19 averaging 17.96 points, 10.96 rebounds, and 1.58 assists per game.
Miller had a season-high 33 points against the College Park Skyhawks in March and also recorded 11 rebounds and 2 assists. He finished his season with the Ignite with a total of 431 points, 263 rebounds and 38 assists.
Cam Whitmore finished one season with the University of Villanova basketball team before declaring for the 2023 NBA Draft. The 6’7 forward was named Big East Freshman of the Year and was unanimously selected to the Big East All-Freshman Team. In 25 games, Whitmore averaged 12.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
Whitmore helped lead the USA Basketball team to a gold medal as he was named the Most Outstanding Player at the FIBA U18 Americas Championship.
Anthony Black is another athlete that declared for the 2023 NBA Draft after one season of college basketball. Black started in all 36 games with Arkansas and set the Razorbacks freshman season records in steals with 74. He averaged 12.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists.
Black had five 20-point or higher games in the season and finished with a total of 460 points, 182 rebounds and 141 assists.
Jacrae Walker finished his first and only season with the University of Houston and declared for the 2023 NBA Draft. Walker was named the 2022-23 American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and was named the American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Week six different times.
In 36 games, Walker averaged 11.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists. He finished his career with the Cougars with a total of 404 points, 245 rebounds and 65 assists.
Julius Randle has been the epitome of constant growth and improvement season after season since his debut in 2014. After an impressive 2022-2023 season with the Knicks averaging 25.1 points per game on 46% shooting, Randle seeks to continue building on last season’s success and contributing to a winning franchise. Although the start of the Knicks’ season has not gone exactly to plan, Randle has showcased his veteran poise and innate ability to continue elevating his game as the long NBA season treads on.