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AsAm Basketball Player Works Out with Lakers Ahead of NBA Draft

College basketball stars Remy Martin and Johnny Juzang worked out with the Los Angeles Lakers ahead of the NBA draft.

Martin is a Filipino American player who played for Arizona State University for four years. He declared for the 2021 NBA draft but removed his name to play a fifth year at the University of Kansas. That year he averaged 8.6 points per game, according to ESPN.

Martin became a hero during the 2022 NCAA Division 1 Basketball Tournament (March Madness). In the final game against the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Martin scored 14 points to help his team win the tournament.

The Kansas Jayhawks star is from the Los Angeles area. The Lakers are his hometown team. On his Instagram stories, he noted that this pre-draft workout “hit different.” He said he felt “extremely grateful.”

Juzang is also from Los Angeles. The Vietnamese American player just finished his junior year at the University of California Los Angeles. He played his first year of college basketball at the University of Kentucky before transferring to UCLA. He averaged 15.6 points during his junior year. During the 2021 NCAA tournament he averaged 22.8 points over six games, NBA.com reports.

Juzang said he’s been enjoying the pre-draft workouts.

“You got to get that flow going,” Juzang said, according to NBA.com. “Encourage each other and build the confidence. The process has been great because you’re traveling around the country, playing basketball, and competing.”

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