OAKLAND, Calif. – Warriors Gaming Squad (WGS), the NBA 2K League affiliate team of the Golden State Warriors organization, selected six players in the inaugural NBA 2K League Draft today, which took place at The Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden. The draft consisted of six rounds with each team selecting one player per round in a snake order, and Warriors Gaming Squad made the following selections:
Trong “Shawn_Win” Nguyen, Small Forward
17th overall (17th pick of the first round)
Alex “Bsmoove” Reese, Shooting Guard
18th overall (first pick of the second round)
Jordan “LeVert” Gates, Power Forward
51st overall (17th pick of the third round)
Xavier “Type” Vescovi, Center
52nd overall (first pick of the fourth round)
Cody “LYKaPRO” Hart, Point Guard
85th overall (17th pick of the fifth round)
Wallace “Sleep” Williams III, Point Guard
86th overall (first pick of the sixth round)
Nguyen, 23, is a shot creating slasher at the small forward position from Chicago who began playing competitively in NBA 2K14. Reese, 20, is a pure sharpshooter at the shooting guard position from Oregon who has played competitive NBA 2K since 2015. Gates, 19, is a rebounding athletic finisher at the power forward position from Massachusetts who began playing competitive NBA 2K in 2012. Vescovi, 20, is a slashing rebounder at the center position from Indianapolis who first played competitively in NBA 2K10. Hart, 29, is a playmaking shot creator at the point guard position from New Jersey who has been playing competitive NBA 2K since 2010. Williams, 19, is a playmaking shot creator at the point guard position from Minnesota who first played competitively in NBA 2K16.
The six players will relocate to the Bay Area this month, where they will practice ahead of the NBA 2K League’s inaugural season tipping off in May. The players on Warriors Gaming Squad will compete as unique basketball player characters in 5-on-5 play against the other 16 teams in a mix of regular-season games, tournaments and playoffs.
The process of selecting gamers for the final player pool began with a qualifier in January that yielded 72,000 players and a combine in February. Following the combine, the NBA 2K League identified the top 250 players and held live, one-on-one interviews with each player. After the interviews, all player information was evaluated by a selection committee and used to determine the 102 players eligible to be drafted.
For more information on Warriors Gaming Squad and the NBA 2K League, visit @WarriorsGaming on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and www.NBA2KLeague.com.