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The Stars selected Zaire with the 10th pick in the first round after previously playing at Sierra Canyon High School and the Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. He had no idea the Stars would take him, and wasn’t sure it would even be in the first round.
Zaire shared a video of his reaction once he learned the Stars had drafted him, and could be seen jumping up and down celebrating with Dwyane and the rest of his family. The moment, Zaire said in an interview with Holly Rowe, was surreal.
It was such a surreal feeling because of all the hard work I’ve been putting in, especially over the past few months. My dad, obviously, is retired now and he has just been around for the past few years more. My stepmom, Gabrielle (Union), was there and just to have the whole family there was a great feeling. That was a natural reaction.
Of course, Dwyane became a part-owner of the Jazz last season but Zaire maintained that he had no idea Salt Lake City would take him in the draft. He previously received collegiate offers from programs like Miami and South Carolina but opted to enter the G League instead.
He has been participating with the Stars in training camp ahead of the start of the preseason on Saturday. The opportunity to play in the G League will help him get his professional career up and running, and prepare him for the future, wherever that may take him.
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