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Derrick Xzavierro, 'future of Indonesia basketball', joins NBA Global Academy

Derrick Xzavierro is the first Indonesian to make it to the NBA Global Academy. NBA Global Academy

Derrick Michael Xzavierro has made history as the first prospect from Indonesia to join the NBA Global Academy, an elite basketball training program located in Canberra, Australia.

"I'm extremely excited to join NBA Global Academy to learn from the coaches and train alongside some of the best high school-age basketball players in the world," expressed the 18-year-old who participated in Indonesia's 2017 Jr. NBA camp.

"This is a great opportunity for me to continue my development and take the next step in becoming a better player and leader," continued his statement.

In a FIBA report from March 2020, former Smart Gilas head coach and current Indonesian men's basketball mentor Rajko Toroman dubbed the 6-foot-8 Xzavierro "the future of Indonesia basketball."

The 18-year-old forward's debut for the Indonesians came in the first window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers in February 2020 when he logged two rebounds in two minutes of action as they bowed to South Korea, 109-76.

After breaking barriers for his country, he will soon begin training in Basketball Australia's Centre of Excellence at the Australia Institute of Sport, also known as the NBA's training hub for international prospects.

"Derrick is a top prospect coming out of Indonesia who will fit seamlessly into our program," shared NBA Global Academy Technical Director Marty Clark, "We look forward to helping Derrick develop and prepare for the next level."

Xzavierro hopes to follow in the footsteps of Josh Giddey, an 18-year-old NBA prospect currently playing for the same Adelaide 36ers team that Kai Sotto signed on to play for in the Australian National Basketball League.

Giddey, a 6-foot-8 guard ranked No. 13 in ESPN's Top 100 for the 2021 NBA Draft, could be the first player from the Global Academy to be drafted in the pro league.