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UCLA Wings Johnny Juzang, Peyton Watson Work Out at NBA Draft Mix


The Bruins’ two 2022 NBA Draft Mix participants spent the past three days collaborating in events and meeting with organizations within the hopes of being chosen on June 23.

UCLA men’s basketball guard Johnny Juzang and guard/forward Peyton Watson declared for the NBA Draft while forgoing their collegiate eligibility in April. From Wednesday through Friday, the previous Bruins and the opposite 74 invitees showcased their intangibles to the 30 NBA teams and countless scouts present.

Guard Jules Bernard competed within the G League Elite Camp earlier within the week within the hopes of joining Juzang and Watson, but he didn’t receive an invitation and the variety of Bruins on the mix stayed put at two.

Each Juzang and Watson measured in at lower heights than what the official UCLA roster had them listed at for the 2021-2022 campaign. The previous got here in at 6-foot-5.25 without shoes, while the latter was 6-foot-6.75 – each nearly 2-inch differences from the Bruins’ roster.

Juzang weighed in at 208.6 kilos with an 8-foot-6.5 standing reach, 6-foot-11 wingspan and 32.5-inch maximum vertical.

The previous Kentucky transfer was middle-of-the-pack together with his quickness. He tied for No. 17 out of 45 in lane agility with an 11.03-second lane agility time, tied for No. 16 out of 26 within the shuttle run with a 3.17-second finish and was tied for No. 18 out of 30 within the three-quarter sprint at 3.29 seconds.

His teammate, Watson, weighed in at 203.4 kilos, with an 8-foot-11.5 standing reach, 7-foot-0.5 wingspan and a 33.5-inch maximum vertical. Like Juzang, he tied for No. 17 out of 45 within the lane agility drill with an 11.03-second attempt. In the opposite two tests, the freshman tied for No. 18 out of 26 within the shuttle run with 3.24 seconds and ranked No. 17 out of 30 within the three-quarter sprint with a 3.28-second run.

Neither player competed within the scrimmages on Thursday and Friday, but they did meet with teams who could find yourself choosing them within the draft.

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Juzang was invited to rookie showcases for the Sacramento Kings and Minnesota Timberwolves on May 10 and 12, respectively. On May 23, the sharpshooter shall be understanding for the Indiana Pacers.

In his two seasons at UCLA, Juzang averaged 15.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists on .436/.356/.854 shooting splits. Juzang was Second Team All-Pac-12 in 2021 before guiding the Bruins to the Final 4, and he followed that up with First Team All-Pac-12 honors in 2022.

Watson, however, has not taken part in pre-draft scrimmages, but did speak to the media on Thursday.

“My length, my fluidity as an athlete and my ability to affect the defensive side of the ball,” Watson said to Andy Katz for NBA TV, when asked about what parts of his skillset are immediately transferable to the NBA. “I feel like I can are available in, contribute immediately and help the energy of a team.”

Watson averaged 3.3 points and a pair of.9 rebounds on 32.2% shooting from the sphere his freshman yr in Westwood. The McDonald’s All-American got here off the bench for the Bruins in 32 games before deciding to show pro.

Each players still have the chance to further raise their stock with just over a month to go before the NBA Draft. As of now, in essentially the most recent mock draft from Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo, Watson is a mid-second round selection and Juzang was projected to go undrafted.

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