NBA G League Ignite is a first-of-its-kind team dedicated to developing top young prospects in preparation for the NBA Draft. Ignite’s first season was pioneered by Jalen Green, Jonathan Kuminga, Isaiah Todd, and Daishen Nix along with NBA and NBA G League veterans who served as mentors to the young talent. The initial Ignite season saw three players drafted, including two lottery selections (Green at No. 2 to the Houston Rockets and Kuminga at No. 7 to the Golden State Warriors). Now in its second season, five NBA prospects look to follow suit with hopes of securing their place in this year’s 2022 NBA Draft (June 23, 8 pm/ET, ESPN). Dyson Daniels, Jaden Hardy, Marjon Beauchamp, Michael Foster Jr., and Fanbo Zeng led the team through a 27-game season as part of the Showcase Cup and NBA G League Ignite Tour. Throughout the season, the 2022 Ignite Draft Class – alongside 2023 Draft prospect Scoot Henderson – shared the court in late-game situations and showcased their talents against seasoned NBA and G League veterans. The team also participated in the 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend through the Next Gem Game, Clorox Rising Stars Game, as well as the Clorox Clutch Challenge. The stage is set to see what the future holds for each of these electric prospects as they look to #ShockTheSystem.
A highly-touted guard and top international prospect, Daniels joined Ignite from the NBA Global Academy, an elite basketball training center at Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, Australia. He represented Australia in July’s FIBA U19 World Cup, averaging 14 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists through seven games in Latvia. Daniels also played in the FIBA U15 Oceania Championships and joined Australia’s senior national team in FIBA competition in February 2021, pouring in 23 points alongside four assists, three rebounds, and six steals against New Zealand. He participated in the NBA Academy Games 2019, exhibition games at the 2019 NBA G League Winter Showcase and the 2020 Torneo Junior Ciutat de L’Hospitalet in Barcelona, Spain. Dyson entered the Ignite season as the No. 18 prospect in the ESPN Top 100 rankings and has since seen his stock rise due to his length and defensive switchability. He was used in multiple roles by Ignite head coach Jason Hart, including running the point as the primary ball-handler at times and operating as an off-ball wing capable of cutting to the rim or popping out for perimeter shots.
2021-22 Season Averages: 26 GP, 12.0 PTS, 7.1 REB, 5.2 AST, 2.0 STL, 46.3% FG
ESPN’s top guard and No. 2 player overall in the recruiting class of 2021, Hardy averaged 30.4 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 8.4 assists as a junior at Coronado High School in Henderson, Nev., earning the Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year and the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Boys Athlete of the Year awards. He was unable to play a normal season as a senior due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but he was still named a 2021 McDonald’s High School All-American and selected to the 2021 USA Nike Hoops Summit Team. Hardy also participated in three minicamps with the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team in 2019. Hardy was the leading scorer on the season for Ignite, averaging an impressive 19.8 points per game and proving that his shot creation and craftiness with the ball make him an offensive threat.
2021-2022 Season Averages: 24 GP, 19.8 PTS, 4.4 REB, 3.5 AST
Beauchamp joined Ignite after playing 12 games with Yakima Valley College, where he averaged 30.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 4.8 assists while shooting 52.5 percent from the field and 39.8 percent from three-point range. He was the No. 47 prospect in ESPN’s Class of 2020 but opted to train with NBA Draft prep program Chameleon BX, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, after high school. As a prep star, Beauchamp claimed back-to-back state championships, first as a freshman at Nathan Hale High School and then as a sophomore at Garfield High School. As a junior, he led Rainier Beach High School to league and district titles, plus a state semifinal appearance, to be named MVP of the Seattle 3A Metro League. He also earned spots on the USA Today All-USA Washington second team, Associated Press Class 3A All-State first team, and the Seattle Times All-State second team. Beauchamp spent his senior season at Dream City Christian in Arizona. Throughout the Ignite season, Beauchamp showcased his ability to make plays off the ball as a physical wing as well as utilize his 7-foot-1 wingspan to be a tone-setting defender. His length and athleticism have drawn comparisons to the Kia Defensive Player of the Year runner-up Mikal Bridges.
2021-22 Season Averages: 21 GP, 15.7 PTS, 2.1 AST, 6.4 REB, 53.5% FG
A five-star recruit out of Hillcrest Prep in Arizona, Foster originally committed to play college basketball at Arizona State before reopening his recruitment. In April of 2021, the 6-foot-8 forward announced he would join G League Ignite, passing up offers from Florida State and Georgia. Foster averaged 32.2 points, 18.4 rebounds, and 4.1 assists in his senior season for Hillcrest Prep, leading the team to a 37-1 record and earning him the No. 7 spot in the 2021 ESPN 100 rankings of top high school prospects. The Milwaukee native was named a 2021 McDonald’s All-American and played in the Jordan Brand Classic. Foster utilized his size and strength throughout the Ignite season to get boards, blocks, and buckets against seasoned, physical G League bigs.
2021-2022 Season Averages: 25 GP, 15.5 PTS, 9.5 REB, 2.4 AST, 2.2 BLK, 46.9% FG
Fanbo joined Ignite as one of the world’s top youth prospects, ranked as one of the top forwards and 33rd overall by ESPN in the draft class of 2022. He spent two years at Windermere Prep in Florida before returning to China in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a sophomore in 2019-20, Fanbo averaged 15.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, and 2.1 assists to earn Class 3A First Team All-State and Orlando Sentinel All-Area First Team honors. Fanbo was also named to the Chinese men’s basketball team’s training camp prior to their 2021 Olympic qualifying matchups and the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers, which were held this past summer. Although injured for part of the Ignite season, Fanbo was able to show his versatility on both ends of the court and peaked in the final game of the season with a career-high 17-point performance against the Santa Cruz Warriors.
2021-2022 Season Averages: 19 GP, 5.1 PTS, 2.2 REB, 0.8 AST