The Washington Wizards selected Admiral Schofield of Tennessee with the No. 42 pick in the second round of the 2019 NBA Draft. Here are five things to know about him...
1. A 6-6, 240-pound forward, Schofield played four years at Tennessee and was a big part of the Volunteers' renaissance under head coach Rick Barnes. He averaged 16.5 points and 6.1 rebounds as a senior.
2. Schofield can stretch the floor. He shot 38.7 percent from three for his career and raised that number every year in school. As a senior, he topped out at 41.8 percent from long range on 4.8 attempts. He shot both at a high percentage and with volume, good signs that will translate to the next level.
3. He is a big, physical forward known for his toughness and defense. He will add an edge to the defensive end, which the Wizards have lacked in recent years. He's built like an NFL outside linebacker, sort of like Marcus Smart or Jae Crowder.
4. Schofield's father, Anthony, is a retired Senior Chief with the U.S. Navy, so that's where the name 'Admiral' comes from. Also, his brother O'Brien played seven seasons in the NFL and won a Super Bowl ring with the Seahawks. Two of his cousins also played in the NFL.
5. Schofield was born in London, England in the same hospital that Princess Diana had Prince William and Prince Harry. He grew up in Zion, Illinois.
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The Washington Wizards couldn't continue their winning ways against the Orlando Magic on Sunday, falling despite an admirable comeback attempt.
Here are the game's top three moments.
Brad Beal injury scare
Bradley Beal has been on a scoring tear of late, notching consecutive 44-point outputs against the Celtics and Timberwolves. But before he could really get going Sunday night, he had an injury scare after rolling his right ankle.
Beal is far and away the most important player on the roster given John Wall's long rehab from an achilles injury, so an ankle injury would seriously hinder the Wizards chances at staying in games. Thankfully, he stayed out on the court and almost orchestrated an admirable fourth quarter comeback with some smooth shooting from deep. His 34 points were a game high.
Boost from the Bench
The Wizards have plenty of offensive contributors in the starting five, and on the bench. The second unit trio of CJ Miles, Moritz Wagner and Davis Bertans produced 48 points on the night. Miles was feeling it from deep, going 6-7 from behind the arc to offset some shooting troubles from Troy Brown Jr., who had two points on 1-5 FGM.
Despite only combining for eight points on the night, Brown Jr. was able to connect with rookie Rui Hachimura for a highlight-reel alley-oop.
Local Product Markelle Fultz seals the game
D.C. native and Dematha alum Markelle Fultz seems to be settling into the Orlando Magic offense. With 19 points, a career-high two 3-pointers and some great transition basketball, Fultz terrorized the Wizards backcourt all night long. Although it's clear this roster wasn't built for defense, the strategy of leaving Fultz wide open for uncontested threes certainly backfired.
Beal, on an impressive shooting hot streak down the stretch and only down three with under a minute to go, has his kickout pass deflected by Fultz, who then sealed the game with a dunk over Bertans on the other end.
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Rookie sensation Rui Hachimura has been an inside menace for opposing forwards early in his fledgling NBA career. That didn't change against the Orlando Magic on Sunday night.
The first dunk came off a beautifully crafted pick and roll with Troy Brown Jr., who lobbed it up for a Hachimura alley oop. Some great chemistry from the young guys there.
The Japanese international is averaging 13.8 ppg and 5.7 rpg through his first 10 games, shooting an efficient 50.8% from the field during that stretch. More offensive athleticism like this will do well to take a load off Bradley Beal's shoulders. Beal scored back-to-back 44-point games in a Boston loss and win against Minnesota, but will need more help from his teammates if the Wizards want to improve on their 3-7 record. He scored 13 points in the first half versus Orlando.
The No. 9 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft has been a matchup headache for defenders with his combination of size and speed. Deployed at the four, he's been both too fast for bigger defenders and too strong for smaller defenders.
Here's to hoping Hachimura dunks it again tonight!
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