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Bouknight confident he would fit right in with Warriors

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James Bouknight

In three days time, the mystery will be over. The Warriors will either make their pick at No. 7 overall or they will move it for a veteran with the potential to instantly step in and help the team get back to the next level. 

It is a decision that only gets more difficult after meeting and working out some of the 2021 NBA Draft class. 

There is a buzz around this year’s group of prospects, and the Warriors, like every other team in the league, are doing their due diligence. If reports are correct, one of the players the Warriors have taken a liking to is UConn sophomore James Bouknight, who dropped by San Francisco for a visit with the team

"I worked out with the Warriors, it was actually a great workout,” Bouknight said during Monday’s draft prospect media session. “I got to meet with a bunch of people from the front office, there's a lot of great people in that organization. But I think I would fit right in." 

The 6-foot-5, 190-pound shooting guard has a knack for putting the ball in the basket. He struggled with his 3-point shot in his second season with the Huskies, but some of that was due to midseason elbow surgery.

 

He has impressed teams with his shooting performances during private workouts and crushed a lot of the question marks teams have about him as a prospect. Bouknight is a three-level scorer who sees himself as a great fit with the Warriors. 

"In terms of on the court stuff, just playing with Steph and Klay and Draymond, being someone who can play off the ball and maybe like relieve some tension when they're in the game,” Bouknight said of how he sees himself working in a Warriors uniform. “And then coming in as a reserve -- just me and Jordan Poole, be more dominant and we could be like a great 1-2 punch off the bench. We'd be a great scoring combo."

RELATED: Report: Warriors don't see possible Bouknight-Poole redundancy

Bouknight is a confident player and a former dual sport athlete who believes he could still pick up baseball and make it to the pros. If the Warriors stick around and make their pick, he is who we have going No. 7 overall in our final mock draft of the season

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