Dyson Daniels plans to become the 23rd Australian drafted into the NBA

Yahoo Sports NBA draft analyst Krysten Peek spoke with potential lottery pick Dyson Daniels about his preparation for the NBA Draft, his season with G League Ignite, and his speed that helped him become the first draft prospect since 2018 to complete the Wizards’ daunting ’20-lines’ drill. Daniels also spoke on his plans to launch a Twitch streaming channel after the NBA Draft.

Video Transcript

KRYSTEN PEEK: I'm Krysten Peek, NBA Draft Analyst for Yahoo Sports, here with 6 foot 6" shooting guard out of Australia, Dyson Daniels. Dyson, thank you so much for joining us. I know the draft is right around the corner, and you've been busy with team workouts. How has this whole process been for you?

DYSON DANIELS: Yeah it's been good. It's been tough. It's been a grind. But you know, I'm enjoying it for sure.

So you know, I'm putting a lot of work in. But yeah, it's been fun.

KRYSTEN PEEK: One of your last workouts was with the Wizards. And I heard about the infamous 20 lines in two minutes drill. And apparently, you were the first prospect to finish it since Aaron Holiday in 2018. How hard was that drill? And are you faster than people think?

DYSON DANIELS: I think so. You know, I definitely have good, quick changes of pace, and my speed, and good endurance. And I think something I've worked on the last few months with my coaches, and just, you know, again, my quick first step, get that going.

And I've put in a lot of work on my conditioning, my endurance stuff. So you know, I put in my best effort for that 20-lines drill. And I touched the line right as the buzzer went. So it was good. It was a good feeling to, you know, complete that.

KRYSTEN PEEK: What was the reaction in the gym when you beat the-- when you hit that line?

DYSON DANIELS: Yeah, the coaches were going crazy. For me, growing up, I wasn't a very good athlete endurance-wise. But once I hit that line, and you know, the coaches seeing that for the first time since Aaron Holiday, they were going crazy all around me, which was good, felt good.

KRYSTEN PEEK: Who were some of the other teams you've worked out with recently?

DYSON DANIELS: So I went from Portland, San Antonio, to New Orleans, New York, Detroit, Indiana, and Washington.

KRYSTEN PEEK: I mean, all those teams are kind of in that lottery range. Is that the feedback you're getting from teams as to where they think you're going to fall?

DYSON DANIELS: Yeah, you know, for me, wherever I fall, I'll be happy with. My dream as a kid was to be in the NBA. But you know, I definitely think the teams that I've been working out for was like-- they picked from five to 12, so hopefully somewhere in that range. And yeah, it's in their hands now. So we'll see what happens.

KRYSTEN PEEK: You're originally from Australia and started playing basketball at a young age. Who did you look up to? And what NBA players did you watch growing up?

DYSON DANIELS: Yeah, for me, I look up to Australian basketball's Matthew Dellavedova. I like Joe Ingles, those type of guys, who you know, I'm close with. And for me, in the NBA, my favorite player was Russell Westbrook, just the mentality he brings, and the way he goes about his game.

But players I like to look at to like, try to model my game after is like Luka Doncic, like, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. On the defensive end, like, Mikal Bridges. So they're guys that I'll watch film on to, you know, try and improve my game.

KRYSTEN PEEK: At what point in your young career did you know you wanted to come over to America and pursue an NBA career?

DYSON DANIELS: I mean, as a kid, like, since I could think-- like, four or five, when I was a little kid, I dreamt of playing in the NBA. So I knew I had to be in America to play it. And last year, you know, I had to make the decision of what my steps would be, whether it be college or go pro. And I chose to go with the Ignite, which was a great decision for me.

KRYSTEN PEEK: And what was it about the G League Ignite that you chose them over the college option, or even staying in Australia and playing in the NBL?

DYSON DANIELS: I just felt like they had the best development-- on and off the court-- offer. For me, my next steps was, you know, what's going to be the best for me to get to the NBA? And I felt like G League Ignite had the best development on and off the court. We were learning about nutrition, our bodies, mental health-- like, things like that off the floor.

And on the floor, we had, you know, veterans on our team like Pooh Jeter, CJ Miles, Kevin Murphy, Amir Johnson. Like, those guys were really helpful, and the great coaching staff as well, that's been around the game a while. And yeah, just everything the G League had to offer was too good to turn down.

KRYSTEN PEEK: Draft night will be here before you know it. What do you anticipate your feelings being when you finally hear your name called by Adam Silver?

DYSON DANIELS: I really don't know. It's going to be-- it's going to be very overwhelming. It's going to be a relief because you know, these last few years especially, it's been a lot of hard work to get to this point. But yeah, I'm just grateful to be in this position I am now. And I can't wait for that night. And hearing my name called, I'm sure it's going to be real special, for sure.

KRYSTEN PEEK: And right after the draft, you'll be starting a Twitch channel. What are some of your favorite games to play?

DYSON DANIELS: Yeah, I mean, I like playing "NBA 2K." I like playing "Call of Duty," a little bit of "Fortnite." So you know, I love playing games.

And you know, my Twitch channel, I'm going to get that started, start streaming and stuff like that. So it's just something I enjoy doing. But I'm looking forward to that.

KRYSTEN PEEK: If you could play one NBA player in either "Fortnite" or "Call of Duty," who would it be?

DYSON DANIELS: I'd say I'd play Ben Simmons in "Call of Duty." I heard he's pretty good. But I think I'm the best. So I'd like to make sure I claim my title.

KRYSTEN PEEK: And then we're going to have to set that up, then. Well, Dyson, thank you so much for the time. We cannot wait to see where you end up in Draft night, and watch you next season. And for continual coverage on all NBA Draft prospects and news, keep it right here on Yahoo Sports.

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