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James Bouknight selected by Hornets with No. 11 pick

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The Charlotte Hornets have selected James Bouknight with the No. 11 overall pick in the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft.

With Bouknight’s 2021 NBA Draft stock rising rapidly throughout what would become his final go-round at the collegiate level, it hardly comes as a surprise that the Thunder have decided to tab the former UConn star inside the top 14 picks on Thursday evening.

Immediately before the Thunder selected Bouknight at 11th overall, the Memphis Grizzlies added Ziaire Williams to its roster.

The 20-year-old Bouknight spent two seasons suiting up for the once heralded Huskies. As a freshman back in 2019-20, Bouknight averaged an even 13 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists over the course of 25.9 minutes per game. The soon-to-be NBA rookie appeared in 28 games as a freshman while starting 16 of those contests.

As a sophomore at UConn, Bouknight really upped the ante en route to averaging 18.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals. Appearing in 15 games while starting 14 times for the Huskies in 2020-21, Bouknight also averaged a whopping 31.7 minutes.

A native of Brooklyn, NY, the up-and-coming guard stands at 6-foot-5 while weighing 190 pounds. Bouknight has the ability to play multiple positions on offense, thanks to his size. A rock solid ball-handler and clutch shot-maker, the ex-UConn star averaged just 1.8 turnovers per game as a freshman and just 2.8 turnovers as a sophomore. Of course, the amount in which he handled the basketball from season to season changed drastically, so there is no doubt he can make an immediate impact atop the highest level.