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Jeremy Sochan: From EABL To NBA

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Former Itchen College player, Jeremy Sochan made his NBA debut for the San Antonio Spurs on October 19th.

The EABL season has begun and former EABL player Jeremy Sochan has already made an impact on one of the NBA’s most successful franchises.

The 19-year-old forward, who spent most of his life so far in the UK, was drafted ninth in the 2022 NBA draft. He became the youngest opening-night starter in Spurs history.

Sochan is coming of a great game, in a win against a strong Minnesota Timberwolves side.

The Polish international racked up double digits points, finishing with 14 points, 4 rebounds, a steal and an assist. He did this with a +13 plus/minus and shooting 77.8% from the field.

Sochan was born in the US but moved to Southampton at the age of three and then Milton Keynes. He was a member of the 2018-19 EABL All-South conference All-First team in his final full season in the EABL.

Jeremy Sochan great performance in EABL against Barking Abbey

Sochan was key a player at Baylor Univiersity playing 25 minutes per game in his only season there. They won the Big 12 Championship and he was named Big 12 6th Man of the Year.

He’s only played four games but unsurprisingly he is already showing that he will be an elite defender in this league like he has been at the collegiate level.

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The ability to guard one to five at a high level is something that separates good defenders from great. Sochan, who is 6’9, has been showing his value on the defensive end.

His last matchup saw him face three great scorers in Karl Anthony Towns, Anthony Edwards, D’Angelo Russell where he didn’t back down from his defensive assignments.

The energy he shows on both sides of the ball will be key to the Spurs winning basketball games. He has started all four games so far this season, and the Spurs are currently 3-1.

The Spurs will play the Timberwolves again on Wednesday, the first time Sochan will experience facing the same opponent back-to-back in the NBA.

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