HISTORY: Brandin Podziemski ‘21 Drafted No. 19 Overall in the First Round by Golden State

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Brandin Podziemski, a 2021 graduate of St. John’s Northwestern Academies, was selected by the Golden State Warriors in tonight’s (June 22) NBA Draft held in Brooklyn, New York.

Golden State selected the former Lancer star with the 19th pick in the First Round of the 2023 NBA Draft.

The Warriors’ selection made Brandin the lone first-round pick in the history of the SJNA program, and the second in the past two seasons from Santa Clara University after Jalen Williams was selected as the 12th pick in last year’s edition of the draft.

A crowning achievement in any athlete’s career, Podziemski fulfilled a lifelong dream and capped years of hard work when NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called out his name, but also simultaneously began his greatest challenge yet.

As his new chapter awaits, “Podz” fans can catch Brandin competing in the 2023 NBA Summer League starting July 3 in Las Vegas, Nevada followed by the NBA regular season, which kicks off on October 24, 2023.

In the 2022-23 NBA season, the Warriors finished the season with a 44-38 overall record, and placed sixth in the Western Conference, before bowing out in the Second Round of the NBA Playoffs to the Los Angeles Lakers. With his strong outside shooting, Podziemski seamlessly fits the Warriors scheme and Golden State fans can expect an immediate impact in the upcoming year.

During his time at St. John’s Northwestern, Podziemski dominated the field in three seasons racking up 2,154 career points. Brandin was a three-time All-State honoree, and in 2021 he was named both the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association’s Mr. Basketball and the Gatorade Wisconsin Player of the Year. In his terrific senior season, he averaged 35.1 points per game, and totaled 974 points, the seventh-highest single-season total in state history. On January 30, 2021, Brandin set the SJNA single-game record pouring in 50 points versus Pewaukee.

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