Orthodox basketball player Ryan Turell selected in NBA minor league draft

Orthodox Jewish basketball player Ryan Turell on Saturday was selected No. 27 overall in the 2022 NBA G League Draft, ESPN reported.

Turell, who went unpicked out of Yeshiva University in June’s NBA Draft, was selected by the Motor City Cruise, the minor league affiliate of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons.

The NBA G League is the NBA’s official minor league system.

“Being the first Orthodox Jew in the NBA would mean the world to me, and a dream come true, God willing,” Turell had told ESPN in March. “But, just as importantly, it would mean the world to others that never saw this as a possibility.”

Last season, the 6-foot-7 small forward averaged 27.1 points for Yeshiva University, which competes in NCAA Division III sports.

Turell led the NCAA in scoring across all three divisions.

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