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Mavericks are all-in on Frank Ntilikina, added his former coach to Summer League staff

Frank Ntilikina

The Dallas Mavericks have shown every bit of interest in acquiring French international Frank Ntilikina, who is expected to be the first overseas player taken in the NBA Draft.

The Mavs have named Vincent Collet, his former coach at Strasbourg to the team’s coaching staff for the upcoming Orlando Summer League, according to ESPN Insider Chad Ford — showing a deep interest at making the soon-to-be 19-year-old comfortable with the team.

A 6-foot-5 guard with excellent length and athleticism, Ntilikina is regarded as a middle-of-the-board prospect, currently ranked 14th overall according to DraftExpress.

Despite slim averages of 5.4 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.5 assists at international club level, Ntilikina made himself stand out during the under-18 Euro Championships, going up against proven European players and holding his own with his defensive tools and fluidity off the dribble.

The hiring of Collet comes at the heels of Mavs owner Mark Cuban flying to Italy to meet him, now hopeful his team can be the first one to snatch him off the board with the No. 9 overall pick.

Dallas will be competing with the New York Knicks, who have shown a very strong interest in drafting him with the No. 8 overall selection.