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Wesley Iwundu Speaks on Life in the NBA, Texas High School Hoops

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After breaking the Kansas State record for starts with 124 over his four-year career, Wesley Iwundu will now be continuing his basketball career with the Orlando Magic.

During his senior season, the 6-foot-7 shooting guard led the Wildcats in scoring at 13.0 points per and rebounding with 6.3 along with a second best 3.5 assists per outing. For his efforts, Iwundu was named to the All-Big 12 Third team during both his junior and senior seasons.

D1Vision writer Jake Weingarten had the privilege of speaking with Iwundu about his experience on draft night, current life in the NBA, and the state of high school basketball in his home state of Texas:


D1Vision:

“Did you expect to hear your name called with the 33rd pick or was it a surprise for you?”

Wesley Iwundu:

“[It was] expected. I had a feeling that anywhere from 25-35 was a strong possibility [and] I could get called in that range. It was a very unreal moment.”

D1Vision:

“How have your first few months in the NBA been, roaming the streets and meeting fans?”

Iwundu:

“It’s a little different. You have to be very aware of your surroundings but it’s a cool thing, going places, meeting fans and also taking pictures. [You] never can take those things for granted.”

D1Vision:

“Being in the NBA, you’re an inspiration to many. How much of an impact do you think you’ll have on the state of Texas?”

Iwundu:

“I think my story is special because I went to school all four years in college, wasn’t ranked in high school, and I still made it to where I am today. I’ve actually had some high schools guys reach out to me to see how I went about doing everything. I think the impact and influence will be very high.”

D1Vision:

“How have your new teammates been so far?”

Iwundu:

“My teammates have all reached out to congratulate me on being drafted. A lot of guys are out-of-town right now, putting in work but I’ve had the chance to workout with a few guys and it’s all good. It’s a great experience to work out and compete with your future teammates.”

D1Vision:

“How’s your relationship with Jonathan Isaac?”

Iwundu:

“That’s my guy. We’ve been in Orlando the whole summer so we’ve got a chance to get closer the whole time. That’s a guy with so much to offer to a team. I’m excited to go to battle with him and every other guy on the team.”

D1Vision:

“Is there anybody that you’re excited to play against?”

Iwundu:

“Everybody. I’m just ready to compete and do whatever I can to help the team win.”


From being unranked in high school to the 33rd pick in the NBA Draft, Iwundu has been an inspiration to many, especially those from his home state of Texas where he attended Westfield High in Houston.

Iwundu overcame the odds and became the first Kansas State player to be drafted since Michael Beasley and Bill Walker back in 2008. Many had Iwundu being drafted in the late second round, he ended up being drafted 33rd by the Magic.

 

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