2022 NBA Draft Scouting Notebook: January Edition

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2022 NBA Draft Scouting Notebook: January Edition

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2022 NBA Draft Scouting Notebook: January Edition

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Julian Champagnie: St. John’s Junior Forward 

Strengths

  • Excellent shooting prospect, generates a lot of arc from his wrist motion and follow-through, feet always square to the hoop, very quick release when it needs to be 
  • Elite C&S shooter, 40% on over six 3PA, improved his movement shooting, knocks down shots off screens frequently, will be a great option as a SLOB shooter
  • Great tough shot maker from three and the mid-range, has no issue with a hand in his grill, enticing pull-up shooting flashes, effective step-back move that creates space 
  • Project to be a good off-ball mover at the next level, high IQ as a cutter, relocates around the arc well, really good finisher at the rim off his cuts and closeout attacks 
  • Versatile defender at the college level, 6’8″ size and he’s a fine lateral mover, over two spg and one bpg, could be somewhat switchable, great instincts as a team defender 

Weaknesses: 

  • Inconsistent year to year as a free throw shooter, shot 75% as a freshman then 88% as a sophomore, and now 73% as a junior, only bad indicator he has as a shooter
  • Incredibly high diet of jumpers many of which are tough shots, he can make them but there will be a drop off in efficiency at the NBA level going against NBA athletes 
  • Not blowing anyone away with his athleticism, lacks burst and speed to get by his man when slashing to the cup, needs to expand his arsenal as a ball-handler/space creator
  • Score first player in every sense of the phrase with the ball in his hands, hunts his own shot no matter what, could become problematic when fitting into an NBA system
  • Doesn’t add any value as a passer, won’t be as versatile as a defender at the NBA level, can’t match the physicality of bigger forwards and smaller and quicker wings 

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