So sad. The greatest day in young DeAndre Bembry’s life is overshadowed by perhaps the worst. Keep reading to learn the tragic reason the baller was a no-show on NBA Draft day.
Saint Joseph’s DeAndre Bembry, the 21 year-old from Charlotte, North Carolina, was not at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York when NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, called his name as the 21st-overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. The reason will tear your heart out. Keep reading for more on this athlete’s difficult journey.
On Saturday, June 11th, 12 days before the biggest day of DeAndre’s life, his brother Adrian Potts, 20, was shot and killed in Charlotte, North Carolina, reports WSOC TV. Simply terrible. It is understandable that DeAndre skipped out on the draft and is staying close to family during his time of mourning. The NBA Draft is typically a celebration of college basketball players receiving offers from professional teams. It is a big party and attendance at the actual draft is not at all a requirement to enter the league.
DeAndre’s brother Adrian was in front of an apartment building with friends who were also shot says the report. Adrian’s three others friends who were also shot are expected to recover, so there is a sliver of good news. Adrian was visiting home during a college break and local authorities are still investigating the horrible crime. If you, or anyone you know, may have information that can help, police ask that you call 704-432-TIPS or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
Despite the tragic loss, at 6’6″ and with a 6’9″ wingspan, DeAndre has a promising career ahead of him in the NBA. DeAndre is a small forward who can get up and down the court quickly and has spent time in different roles on the floor. His numbers for his junior year in college show that he is very capable. DeAndre is good for about 17.4 points per game, almost eight boards and 4.5 assists. Good luck DeAndre!
HollywoodLifers, what do you make of this senseless tragedy? Have you been keeping up with the 2016 NBA Draft? What has been your favorite moment of the 2016 NBA Draft?