JEREMY SOCHAN is preparing to become the next British player to be drafted into the NBA.
The defensive juggernaut has a 7-foot wingspan, with both abilities and dyed hair to match Dennis Rodman.
Projected in the top 15 on Thursday night, Sochan is using his Euro upbringing as inspiration.
The 19-year-old was born in Oklahoma but grew up in Milton Keynes, a mid-size city 50 miles north of London.
He competes for the Polish national team and follows in the footsteps of his ball-playing mother Aneta.
And this multinational 6ft 9in forward is looking forward to representing both England and Poland in the big league.
Sochan spoke to the US Sun and others on Tuesday as he awaits the big moment when his name will be mentioned by an NBA franchise.
He said: “It means so much to me and there is nobody else from England or Poland in the league.
“Being an inspiration and a presence for them is going to be really exciting for me.
“I think I will be able to help others and I am really looking forward to doing something in these countries as well.”
As a 10-year-old schoolboy, Sochan watched from the stands as Kevin Durant and his Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Philadelphia 76ers at Manchester Arena.
He is expected to face off against the two-time NBA champion next season.
The utility forward averaged 9.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game last season at Baylor University and was named Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year.
When asked which pro team he would like to join, Sochan remained optimistic that anyone would be better off with him by their side.
He added, “As a young NBA fan, I supported OKC. They came to Manchester and that was my first NBA game ever.
“But I can’t control what’s going to happen, so I stay in the present and see what happens.
“My training with the Sacramento Kings went really well. It was a good workout and we went to dinner afterwards.
“Domantas Sabonis as my mentor would be great. They need someone like me and it would be really cool.
“My interview with the Charlotte Hornets also went very well.
“My versatility will be important for every team in the NBA.”
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