Nebraska’s Dalano Banton became the second Husker basketball player selected in the past three years, as he was a second-round selection during last night's NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Banton was taken with the 46th pick by his hometown Toronto Raptors. He becomes the first Canadian product drafted by the Raptors in franchise history. A 6’9 guard from Toronto, Banton became the 28th Husker drafted in program history and the first in Fred Hoiberg’s two seasons at Nebraska. Banton becomes the seventh Husker basketball player selected in the first two rounds of the NBA Draft, joining Marvin Stewart (2nd, 1971), Rich King (1st, 1991), Eric Piatkowski (1st, 1994), Tyronn Lue (1st, 1998), Venson Hamilton (2nd, 1999) and Isaiah Roby (2nd, 2019). Banton played in all 27 games, including 22 starts, for the Huskers in 2020-21 after sitting out his first season in the program.
He averaged 9.6 points per game while leading the Huskers in both rebounding (5.9) and assists (3.9) per game after transferring from Western Kentucky.