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Fraschilla identifies 'sneaky good' draft prospect for Dubs

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James Bouknight dunk

The 2021 NBA Draft Lottery results are in, and the Warriors possess the rights to the No. 7 and No. 14 overall picks.

Things obviously can change, but as of now it seems like the first six selections (in no particular order) will be Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green, Evan Mobley, Jalen Suggs, Jonathan Kuminga and Scottie Barnes.

The Warriors -- assuming they stand pat -- could go in a bunch of different directions with their choice. And last week, college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla identified a prospect who could rise up the draft boards and become a Golden State target.

"A guy I've studied lately and I think would be sneaky good is James Bouknight from UConn," Fraschilla said on 95.7 The Game's "The Morning Roast" show. "Scoring guard, terrific offensive ability, creates his own shot [and] dynamic in the open court.

"I just talked to Dan Hurley last night -- his coach -- and the one thing that really excited me was he said when he [Bouknight] shows up at the gym, he acts like a nobody. In fact, he's on campus right now working out as opposed to being in Miami or LA or Las Vegas.

"I think he's a guy that as workouts start to really happen in July after we know what the order is, somebody can be smitten with him with that sixth pick.

 

"James has enormous potential as a scoring guard."

Bouknight on Monday at the NBA scouting combine measured in at 6-foot-3.5 without shoes on, and he has a 6-foot-8.25 wingspan.

The 20-year-old averaged 18.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals over 15 games for the Huskies last season, while shooting just under 45 percent overall and 77.8 percent from the free throw line.

Bouknight shot just 29.3 percent from beyond the arc as a sophomore, but he went 5-for-12 against Creighton and 5-for-9 vs. Georgetown.

ESPN's Jonathan Givony in his latest mock draft has the Warriors taking the Brooklyn native at No. 14.

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The Athletic's Sam Vecenie has Golden State snagging Bouknight at No. 7.

"His game is built off of the playground. He has tremendous shake and has potential to be a genuine three-level scorer in the NBA," Vecenie writes. "He’s an absolutely tremendous finisher for a guard, who absorbs contact and finishes through it.

"His ability to create off the bounce in between [Steph] Curry and Klay Thompson would be a blast to watch."

The NBA draft will take place July 29.

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