James Bouknight Scouting Report
If there's one thing that Bouknight knows how to do, it's score. He has that levitation-like floating when he jumps near the basket, length and quickness to create his own and a nasty hesitation move to freeze defenders who crowd him.
But Bouknight's shot selection is awful, there isn't a great deal of upside to his creation for others and he's streaky-at-best from 3-point range. Yet he's discussed as a top-ten pick in this class, and people see a less-explosive Zach LaVine when watching him, or a skinnier Jordan Clarkson. Frankly, I see neither, but what I do see is someone whose talent is so clear on offense that there becomes a point, rather quickly in the draft, that he's too tantalizing to pass on.
That time likely comes near the end of the lottery. I'd have a tough time seeing Bouknight slip past 15 or 16, even with my own worries. There are some who think his issues are teachable, correctable and therefore less scary. Then there's the camp that feel and mentality to score it every touch are the hardest habits to break.
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Adam Spinella, Head Boys Basketball Coach at Boys' Latin School (MD)