The Philadelphia 76ers have selected 19 year-old Aussie Ben Simmons with the No.1 pick in the NBA Draft.
Much like the local AFL draft, the number one draft pick presents both an incredible opportunity as well as equally incredible pressure.
The Melbourne-born superstar in waiting has already signed a multi-million dollar sneaker deal with Nike, although his upcoming selection at number one is set to rocket him into the living rooms of young Aussies across the nation.
Simmons, who stared for his LSU Tigers in the American college basketball system, has become a favourite of those able to watch along on ESPN on Foxtel.
During his season for the Tigers he averaged almost 20 points, over 11 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.
His selection at number one should see a media campaign launched that should see Simmons become a household name.
For those who don’t know Simmons, he stands well over 200cms, and has shown all the ability to command the top draft spot.
Unfortunately his attitude has been questioned in the media, although his recent interview on American Late Night TV has suggested he may be able to come to terms with what stands before him.
This, in the face of a $15+ million a season contract, could go a long way to deciding his future in terms of being a role model for young, Aussie kids.
Australia typically doesn’t like the brash, cocky youngsters regardless of talent. Young Tomic can surely speak to this.
Despite showing incredible talent, Tomic has failed to captivate the general population within his home country, with his off-court incidents overshadowing his obvious talents on court.
With Matthew Dellavedova currently being featured on news worldwide, after being a part of the victorious Cavs campaign, basketball is again in the headlines down under.
Andrew Bogut, another Aussie number one draft pick, played a big part in leading the Warriors to last year’s NBA title.
Patty Mills also became somewhat of a household name with his exploits both for the Spurs and his performances in London in 2012.
With another Olympic campaign coming up, a squad in which Simmons has been named, basketball is well and truly back in the sporting headlines.
Given the way he handled a huge interview in front of a huge audience on Jimmy Fallon, Simmons seems to have the maturity to be able to shoulder such huge expectations.
Although his status for the upcoming Olympics is in question, one thing that is not in question is his star power.
If he can translate his talents into the NBA arena, he very well may be the next American-based Aussie sporting star.