Boise State’s Derrick Alston Jr. went undrafted in the 2021 NBA Draft but will still get an opportunity to get some NBA looks. Alston was invited to play with the Golden State Warriors summer league team.
The 6’9 wing had also declared for the draft in 2020 but decided to withdraw and return to Boise State for his senior season. This year, Alston was an All-Mountain West First Team selection. He was also a 2021 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award Top-10 Finalist for the second year in a row.
Alston played 28 games through his 2020-21 campaign, all of those as a starter. He averaged 17.0 points per game while shooting at 44.4% from the field and 38.2% from beyond the arc. He averaged 3.7 rebounds, but he has shown potential to do more as he averaged 5.2 the previous season. Alston also has a 7-foot wingspan, which could become a valuable asset on defense.
He had a season-high 29 points on February 25 against the San Diego State Aztecs, one of the more competitive teams in the Mountain West Conference. Alston went 10-of-21 from the field that day and made six three-pointers.
There is no doubt Alston could score for the Broncos. He ranks No. 10 on Boise State’s career scoring list with a total of 1,479 points.
He could have a bit of an advantage adjusting to the NBA since his dad, Derrick Sr., was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the No. 33 overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft.