Amar Sylla, ranked No. 23 in the ESPN 2020 mock draft, has signed a three-year contract containing NBA out clauses with Belgian league champions BC Oostende, his agent Arturo Ortega told ESPN.
"I think this is the best step for me at this stage of my career," Sylla told ESPN. "I've been told that Oostende's coach, Dario Gjergja, is very highly regarded, and that this club has a strong reputation in Europe. This is an opportunity to get playing time in a good first division league in Europe, as well as the FIBA Champions league, something that is not possible in Spain."
Sylla, 17, who was born in Dakar, Senegal, has been developing in Spain with Real Madrid since 2016. He was recruited by the Euroleague powerhouse as a 14-year-old despite having only played a few weeks of organized basketball at SEED Academy in Thies.