Brooklyn Nets go international in 2018 NBA Draft

First two of three draft picks selected from European leagues

The Brooklyn Nets went international with their selections in the 2018 NBA Draft on Thursday night, selecting Bosnian swingman Dzanan Musa at No. 29 overall in the first round and Latvian forward Rodions Kurucs at No. 40 overall in the second round.

Brooklyn also had another second-round selection at No. 45 overall, where they chose Kentucky guard Hamidou Diallo, but it looks like Diallo will end up in Oklahoma City when the new league year starts.

Musa, 19, was on the Bosnian junior national team that won gold in the 2015 FIBA U16 European Championship, and he has spent the last three seasons in the system of Cedevita Zagreb, which has won three consecutive Croatian League championships. Last season, Musa averaged 10.5 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in the EuroCup, and was awarded the Rising Star Trophy as well as the Adriatic League's Top Prospect Award.

Kurucs, 20, is a small forward who played on the Latvian team that won silver at the 2014 FIBA European U16 Championship. He was most recently with FC Barcelona in Spain's Liga ACB, where he played 10 games and averaged 1.4 points per game for the eventual Spanish Cup champions, but he spent most of the season on loan to one of their affiliate clubs.

Diallo, 19, grew up in Queens and attended John Bowne High School in Flushing for two years before transferring to Putnam Science Academy in Putnam, Conn. He was on the U.S. teams that won gold at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship and bronze at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup, and in his lone season at Kentucky, Diallo started all 37 games he appeared in and averaged 10.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in just under 25 minutes per game.

The selection the Nets used on Diallo was one they got when they dealt Tyler Zeller to Milwaukee during last season, but it was also one of the picks reportedly to be sent to Charlotte in the pending Dwight Howard deal; further, NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported following the draft that the Hornets will send Diallo to Oklahoma City.

None of these trades can become official until July 6 per NBA rules.