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BREAKING: Olivier-Maxence Prosper hears his name called as No. 24 pick in 2023 NBA Draft

Photo by Forster Goodrich
Olivier-Maxence Prosper defends Jerome Hunter in Marquette’s 69-68 win over Xavier Feb. 15 at Fiserv Forum.

In the weeks leading up to the 2023 NBA Draft, there was a lot of speculation as to when Olivier-Maxence Prosper would hear his name called and what team’s hat he’d proudly don for his picture with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

But the 6-foot-8 forward did not have to wait long to find out he would be a Maverick after the Sacramento Kings selected him as the No. 24 pick in the draft and traded him to Dallas.

“Versatility, hard work, somebody that’s going to bring some positive energy to team,” Prosper’s parents Gaetan and Guylaine said about what Prosper will bring to Dallas to ESPN’s Monica McNutt. “He’s going to bring a spark on the court and off the court. Help the game but also help the culture of the team any way he can.”

Prosper’s stock had risen exponentially since he declared for the draft in April, so much so that he is the first Golden Eagle to be not only drafted but also invited to the green room since Henry Ellenson was selected in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons.

Last season, the Marquette men’s basketball team featured the 2022-23 Big East Player of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year and several All-Big East First and Second Team players, but Prosper didn’t receive any conference honors.

But that does not mean his impact can be understated.

Prosper averaged 12.5 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game for Marquette while improving his 3-point shooting from 31.7% as a sophomore to 33.9% as a junior.

On the other side of the ball, Prosper was the Golden Eagles’ most versatile defender who used his height, length and athleticism to guard different types of players at the point of Marquette’s press. He earned 33 steals on the season and was paramount to the Golden Eagles’ Big East Tournament title charge.

Prosper is the ninth first-round pick to come from Marquette in NBA history. The others are Dean Meminger (1971), Maurice Lucas (1974), Bo Ellis (1977), Butch Lee (1978), Dwyane Wade (2003), Lazar Hayward (2010), Jimmy Butler (2011) and Henry Ellenson (2016).

“Congratulations to the young man (Prosper),” former Marquette guard and 2023 first-ballot Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade said about Prosper Thursday afternoon in a press conference. “He’s put in a lot of work. I just got an opportunity to meet him. I just am a fan of someone who has a dream and will do anything to reach that dream in the way that he’s done. So I wish nothing but the best for him.”

This article was written by Jack Albright. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @JackAlbrightMU.

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Jack Albright
Jack Albright, Executive Sports Editor
Jack Albright is a sophomore from Charlton, Massachusetts studying journalism. He is the Executive Sports Editor of the Marquette Wire for the 2023-24 school year. In his free time, Jack likes to hang out with friends and watch Formula 1. He is excited to write fun stories about all things Marquette athletics and oversee new types of digital content.
Forster Goodrich
Forster Goodrich, Staff Photographer
Forster Goodrich is a sophomore from Lyme, New Hampshire studying digital media. Forster works on the photography desk as a Staff Photographer. Outside of the Wire, he is on the club waterski team, and enjoys everything outdoors. He is looking forward to the upcoming basketball season and getting to photograph games at Fiserv Forum.

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