Former BYU Cougars men’s basketball star Eric Mika will now be teammates with a player who is widely considered the second-best prospect in a deep 2023 NBA draft class.

On Wednesday, Las Vegas-based G League Ignite announced eight additions to its roster, and Mika was among them.

This means he’ll be teammates with Scoot Henderson, a dynamic guard who is already expected to be the second pick in next June’s draft behind only once-in-a-generation prospect Victor Wembanyama of France.

Mika, 27, has had a professional basketball career that has spanned numerous parts of the world since he left BYU after the 2016-17 season, including a short stint with the NBA’s Sacramento Kings in 2020 about a month before the pandemic halted play.

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The 6-foot-10, 240-pounder has had three previous stints in the G League with the Stockton Kings, Sacramento’s affiliate. Most recently, he played last season in France, and has also had stops in Italy, Germany, China and Serbia.

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Founded in 2020, G League Ignite is billed as a new unique way prospects can have a bridge between high school and the NBA other than college or playing overseas, as the team plays a regular 50-game G League schedule each season.

Already, six players from G League Ignite have been selected over two NBA drafts, including the second overall pick of the 2021 draft by the Houston Rockets, Jalen Green.

In what will surely be a major event, Ignite will be hosting Wembanyama’s Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 team in a pair of G League preseason games in Las Vegas (Ignite’s home arena is in nearby Henderson) on Oct. 4 and 6, giving fans the chance to see Wembanyama and Henderson face each other.

The G League regular season begins on Nov. 4.

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