Joshua Primo Shines in NBA Preseason Debut
Former Alabama guard Joshua Primo had an impressive showing in his NBA preseason debut on Monday. Primo finished the night with 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 3-of-4 from deep, in 18 minutes off-the-bench in the San Antonio Spurs 111-85 victory over the Utah Jazz.
San Antonio selected Primo with the No. 12 overall pick in this years NBA draft and at just 18-years-old, he is the youngest player in the NBA. The former five-star prospect reclassified from a 2021 recruit to the class of 2020. Primo quickly climbed up draft boards after a number of stellar workouts at the NBA Draft Combine.
"Going that high wasn't something that I was -- I don't know if I was ready for that," Primo said at his draft party. "I didn't realize it was going to be that high. But I'm glad it's with the Spurs. I've always wanted to be a Spur. I told my agent when I first got into this process, 'That's where I want to be.' And it ended up working out that way, so it was great."
Primo played in 30 games, starting 19, last season for the University of Alabama. He averaged 8.1 points and 3.4 rebounds, while shooting 43.1% from the field and 38.1% from downtown and earned SEC All-Freshman Team honors. Primo was primarily used as a spot-up shooter because of his incredibly quick release and great range. In the summer league, he showed the ability to be an effective pull-up shooter as the pick-and-roll ball handler. Defensively, at 6-foot-5 with a 6-foot-9 wingspan, Primo has the size and length to guard multiple positions.
The Canadian native spoke recently about his desire to play for Team Canada in the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
"Absolutely, that's the goal," Primo told NBA.com. “Olympics 2024, that's what I hope. I hope Nick Nurse is still there and that I can be on that team. That'll be fun."
Canada has a few emerging guards in the NBA including, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, RJ Barrett and Jamal Murray. Shaedon Sharpe, the No. 1 player in the class of 2022 and Kentucky commit is also from Canada.
With the next Olympics three years away, the future is bright for Joshua Primo.