Brisbane, Queensland native Mojave King is gearing up for his first season with the G League Ignite, but the 20-year-old’s well-traveled journey at such a young age has him more than prepared for whatever comes his way.
Although this will be King’s first season with the Ignite, he already has more professional experience than most players his age.
King is an alumnus of the NBA Global Academy in Canberra, where some of the best players in the world are trained under the supervision of NBA-hired coaches. He then took his talents to the NBL’s Next Stars program, playing one season with the Cairns Taipans and another with the Adelaide 36ers.
In search of a new opportunity, King elected for the G League Ignite development program, a path that turned another former NBA Global Academy alum — Dyson Daniels — into a top-10 pick after one season.
King will have an even greater opportunity than Daniels because for the first time program’s short three-year history, the Ignite will participate in a full 50-game G League season with a chance to compete in the G League playoffs for a shot at the championship.
Ahead of King’s inaugural G League season, The Sporting News sat down with the NBA prospect to talk about everything from how the NBA Global Academy and NBL Next Stars program prepared him for this moment, to how he decided to take the Ignite route, to how he hopes to model his game after superstar guard Devin Booker at the next level.
You can watch the interview with King below.