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Draft Notes: Holmgren, J. Smith, NBA Academy, Hornets


Chet Holmgren may not wind up joining Jalen Suggs with the Magic, but he’s been getting draft advice from his long-time friend and highschool teammate, writes Chris Hine of The Star-Tribune. Before each players headed to Gonzaga for one-year stays, they teamed up at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis.

“He said attempt to slow things down as fast as you possibly can because everyone at that level plays slow, even when there’s seven seconds on the shot clock, no one rushes,” Holmgren said. “Everyone knows seven seconds is a number of time — within the NBA, you possibly can get almost two more actions in that [time]. Other pointers, suggestions like that, in regards to the NBA kind of play.”

Holmgren met with Orlando’s front office this week and can be into consideration for the No. 1 pick, although most draft experts expect Auburn’s Jabari Smith to be taken first.

There’s more on the draft:

  • Ryan Blake, who has been helping to direct NBA scouting services since 1996, views Smith as worthy of the No. 1 selection, per Khobi Price of The Orlando Sentinel. Blake believes Smith will display skills that were inhibited by the more restricted college atmosphere. “His offensive game goes to be so a lot better within the NBA,” Blake said. “He had the boldness and maturity to play inside the system at Auburn. You might have a prototypical forward who can play two spots that may really almost be a Jayson Tatum kind of player. He has an awesome shooting stroke — the discharge [and] the soft touch. He’s a flexible defender. He’s intense. He’s moving his feet. He’s at all times looking around. He’s also a frontrunner, too. He’s at all times in the combination.”
  • Josh Giddey was the primary NBA Academy graduate to be drafted and three more players are expected to hitch him this 12 months, Maurice Brooks writes for NBA.com. Dyson Daniels and Bennedict Mathurin will likely be lottery picks, while Hyunjung Lee is projected to be taken within the second round. The NBA Academy was created in 2016 to offer more opportunities for international players.
  • Six players will attend a workout for the Hornets today, the team announced on Twitter. They’re Jules Bernard of UCLA, Nysier Brooks of Mississippi, Terrell Brown Jr. of Washington, Josh Carlton of Houston, Dereon Seabron of North Carolina State and Ben Shungu of Vermont.

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