Sport Clippers use Pistons' pick to draft former Pistons blogger (and Ohio star) Jason Preston

09:47  30 july  2021
09:47  30 july  2021 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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Detroit Pistons . Indiana Pacers. Milwaukee Bucks. The LA Clippers acquired the No. 33 pick from the Orlando Magic in exchange for a future second-round pick and cash considerations, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Clippers are bringing in Ohio guard Jason Preston with the pick .

Jason Preston used to blog about the Pistons . Now, the Ohio University guard is preparing for life as an NBA player. As a member of the varsity team at William R. Boone High in Orlando, Fla., Preston was handing out more high-fives and waters than he was buckets and dimes. He stood 6-foot with shoes on. Preston was so skinny he could dodge rain, similar to his favorite hooper growing up, the Pistons ’ Tayshaun Prince.

If Jason Preston ever wished to be a Detroit Pistons draft pick, a finger on a monkey's paw might have just curled somewhere.

Using a pick acquired from the Detroit Pistons, the Los Angeles Clippers traded for the rights to Preston, the 33rd overall pick of the 2021 NBA draft, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, completing the Ohio star's incredible rise from sports blogger to NBA player.

More specifically, Preston was a Pistons blogger, for the fan blog Piston Powered, where you can still read many of his posts. Preston was a high schooler then, but not exactly what you would call a future NBA player.

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Preston barely cracked 6-feet or 140 pounds as a high school senior, when he made one start (on Senior Day) and averaged two points per game. The Orlando, Fla., native, who had written freelance stories for a basketball blog , enrolled at Central Florida and decided to major in journalism. The Ohio junior is the reason the No. 13 Bobcats (13-7) are a popular pick to upset No. 4 Virginia (18-6) in their West Region first-round NCAA Tournament matchup Saturday night in Bloomington, Ind. A player like Preston is the reason March is unlike any other month. “The world deserves to know about his story. …

As Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel documented, the teenager, a bench player at Tennessee's Believe Prep Academy, only landed an Ohio scholarship offer after posting his highlight reel to Twitter. Ohio bit, and saw him make an immediate impact as a freshman before rising to a first-team All-MAC player and leading Ohio over defending champion Virginia in the NCAA tournament.

In his junior year, Preston averaged 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game. That playmaking was enough to entice the Clippers to add him alongside Keon Johnson and Brandon Boston Jr. To get the pick, the Clippers sent a second-round pick they acquired in a trade for Luke Kennard from the Pistons, per ESPN's Zach Lowe.

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Get used to seeing the Thunder's name in the draft quite a bit over the next several seasons. They're in prime position to use their multiple first-rounders to trade up on Thursday if they want to get into the top of the draft . If not, they'll have several swings to get a potential foundational piece to aid the rebuild. CBS Sports' Kyle Boone released his final two-round mock draft Wednesday, and here's what he had to say for the Thunder picks : No. 6 -- SG James Bouknight, Connecticut: Bouknight's stock has risen substantially since the end of the season.

Now, Preston joins a Clippers team expected to again be a title contender next season. It might have come with a twist, but that's going full circle.

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