The 2021 NBA Draft took place on Thursday night and Dalano Banton of the Nebraska Cornhuskers was fortunate enough to hear his name called. He was selected at No. 46 by the Toronto Raptors.
Banton spent two years in Lincoln after transferring from Western Kentucky. He played in 58 career college games and 27 with the Cornhuskers, averaging 27.3 minutes, 9.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game. And while Nebraska struggled significantly during Banton’s time with the program, he was part of a few surprising upsets.
His placement in Toronto will be an interesting ones. The Raptors are a team that seems to be teetering between contending and tanking, which is probably a decent spot for a player like Banton, who will take some time to develop. Fans will certainly be hoping he can grow into a starting role. We’ll have to see how things shake out next season and beyond.