Brandin Podziemski ‘21 Caps Debut NBA Season

After the Golden State Warriors bowed out of the 2024 NBA Playoffs on Tuesday (April 16) night against the Sacramento Kings, Brandin Podziemski’s rookie season is officially in the books. For the 2021 St. John’s Northwestern Academies graduate, the 2023-24 season was full of promise for a bright future, and one Lancer fans will remember fondly.

On June 22, Podziemski made history as the only first-round NBA Draft pick in SJNA’s history, but he didn’t stop there, adding accolades along the way and making the Lancer community proud every step of the way.

For the season, “Podz” grew into his role as the year wore on and started 28 of 74 games played, averaging 26.6 minutes per game. He totaled 9.2 points per game for the season, grabbed 5.8 rebounds and a strong 3.7 assists. Brandin also led the Warriors in +/- on the year and shot 45% from the field.

Highlighting the season for Podziemski, was his inclusion in the 2024 NBA All-Star festivities. The rookie was named a “Rising Star” by the NBA for his stellar freshman campaign.

Along the way, “Podz” became the first Warriors rookie to notch 20 plus points, 10 plus rebounds, and 5 or more assists in a single game since the two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry hit the mark in the 2009-10 season. Read More…

Perhaps the most special moment of the season was a Wisconsin homecoming for Podziemski. On January 13, “Podz” made a triumphant return to Milwaukee against the Bucks, and tied his career high in points with 23 and added 10 boards to secure a double-double in front of the hometown crowd. Read More…

Throughout the 2023-24 season, Brandin displayed the qualities that endeared him to Lancer fans during his time at SJNA, and proved that a long and bright future in the NBA is in the cards.

In what was also a flagship season for the DME Academy at SJNA program, Kris and Keegan Murray both completed strong seasons. Keegan and the Sacramento Kings knocked Podziemski from the NBA playoffs, and are poised to make a deep run. Stay tuned for a full recap of the trio’s NBA success once the season is fully completed.

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