Cason Wallace, the 10th overall pick of the 2023 NBA Draft, was born to his parents, Kimberly and Mike Wallace.
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Wallace attended Richardson and played basketball for the varsity team.
In high school, he earned District Defensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. Additionally, he also competed in football, soccer, basketball, and track.
As a five-star prospect, Wallace committed to play for Kentucky Wildcats. In his freshman year at Kentucky, he became the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team and SEC Freshman of the Week.
Only after one collegiate season, Cason declared for the NBA draft on April 1, 2023, forgoing his remaining college eligibility.
Will his NBA journey be as good as his high school and college career? Only time will tell, but the Texas native is already showing promising skills so far.
Cason Wallace Parents: Kimberly & Mike Wallace
Born on November 7, 2003, Wallace is the youngest of two sons of Kimberly and Mike. His parents were always very supportive of their kids’ athletic inclinations.
They encouraged both Cason and his elder brother, Keaton, to follow their passion.
The former Kentucky Wildcats guard credits his father, Mike, for his defensive skills, which were second to none among collegiate athletes.
Cason, with his relentless determination to excel in basketball, trained with his father, who played a vital role in refining his defensive and overall basketball skills.
As a result, Cason emerged as one of the top prospects coming out of freshman collegiate year.
Moreover, Cason’s parents, Kim and Mike, along with his brother, were present at the NBA draft, where Cason became the 10th overall pick of the Dallas Mavericks.
What Is So Special About Cason’s NBA Draft Night?
Ahead of the 2023 NBA draft, the former Kentucky Wildcats guard was projected to be the Atlanta Hawks’ 15 overall pick.
However, on the draft night, Wallace was selected with the No. 10 overall pick by the Mavericks.
But his draft rights were traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Mavericks are also sending Davis Bertans to OKC as part of the deal.
On one of the biggest nights for Cason and his family, Cason chose to wear a suit with the letters “HPT” written all over it, an ode to the neighborhood he grew up in.
Similarly, the inside of his jacket features images of his mother, father, and brother.
Moreover, after getting picked, he didn’t forget to thank his college, Kentucky, and appreciated how they let him play his game.
Cason said, “Kentucky, they set me up very nicely.”