Dufault works out for Nuggets, hopes to use it as springboard toward pro career

Austin Dufault is doing whatever he can to get his name and his game on the map of professional basketball scouts.

The Killdeer High School graduate’s dreams of playing at the professional level got a boost Monday morning when he worked out for the Denver Nuggets alongside St. Bonaventure power forward Andrew Nicholson, a projected late first-round selection. Dufault said Monday afternoon that he hopes the workout helps him earn a spot in either the NBA Summer League or with an overseas professional team.

“We kind of use it as a marketing tool for me so I can tell teams overseas that I had a workout with the Denver Nuggets, that it went well and tell them who I matched up against,” Dufault said. “Hopefully I can use this workout to try and get a couple more now throughout the league.”

The four-year starting forward/center at Colorado had his work cut out for him against Nicholson. The projected No. 22 pick by NBADraft.net is 6-foot-10 and averaged 18.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game last season. Dufault is 6-9, 230 pounds and averaged 11.1 points and 4.4 rebounds for the Buffs as a senior.

“I thought it went well,” Dufault said. “He’s just a big guy. He’s probably got about 20 pounds on me, so it’s tough guarding him in the post. It was a good workout.”

Dufault said his agent is working to get him more workouts from NBA teams with the goal of finding him a spot in the NBA Summer League. He said his agent, Ben Pensack of California-based Pensack Sports Management Group, has also received interested from pro teams in Germany and Belgium. Dufault said he had received interest from Australian pro teams earlier in the year, but hasn’t heard much from them lately.

“The main goal right now is not necessarily to get drafted, but picked up for a Summer League team,” Dufault said. “If that can happen, that’d be great. That way I’d be able to tell teams overseas that I played five Summer League games for the Nuggets or whoever.”

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