Charlotte Hornets 2020 NBA Draft Monthly Big Board: A shakeup at the top

Charlotte Hornets draft prospect Onyeka Okongwu (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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*Stats provided as of 1/14/20

He’s likely a draft-and-stash candidate, but Paul Eboua has intriguing physical attributes with his size and length at 6’8″. He’s averaging 7.2 points and 4.6 rebounds this season overseas.

460. Pick Analysis. Baylor. Freddie Gillespie. Scouting Report. PF/C. 59. player

A former walk-on, Freddie Gillespie remains underrated to a lot of the national media. He does the little things and finishes well around the basket. He’s also a good defender and rebounder. He’s averaging 9.3 points and 9.3 rebounds for the Bears.

58. player. Pick Analysis. SG. Florida. Scouting Report. Keyontae Johnson. 526

Consistency is an issue, but Florida’s Keyontae Johnson has looked good as a sophomore, averaging 13.0 points and 6.8 rebounds for the Gators in 30.2 minutes per game.

Markus Howard. 57. Pick Analysis. PG. Marquette. player. 474. Scouting Report

Markus Howard is a straight up bucket getter, but his size may be a problem when transitioning into the NBA game. I do think he can find his way onto a team thanks to that offensive punch, though. He’s averaging 27.3 points so far this season.

I would expect Henri Drell, a 19 year old wing prospect, to come out in a few years, but if he did decide to come out this season, he’d be an intriguing project for teams picking in the second round of the draft.

Malik Fitts is having the best season of his college basketball career, averaging 15.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 34.2 minutes of action for St. Mary’s.

Penn State. 54. 491. Pick Analysis. SG/SF. Lamar Stevens. player. Scouting Report

If Lamar Stevens could improve as a shooter, he’d likely be higher on this list. Still, there’s a lot to like about Stevens’ all-around ability. The senior from Penn State is averaging 16.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists in under 30 minutes per game this season.

PG. Kamar Baldwin. 472. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Butler. 53. player

I love watching Butler senior guard Kamar Baldwin play. To me, he’s an NBA player. He’s one of the better guards in his conference, averaging 15.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists for one of the better teams in the country. I think he could warrant a second round selection and will have a good career wherever he ends up.

Myles Powell is one of the better scorers in all of college basketball. I do question how he will adapt to the NBA game, but the senior guard does average 22.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting 34 percent from downtown.

Carlos Alocen has impressed with his play this season, averaging 7.6 points and 2.9 assists in 21.6 minutes. He’s crafty and is able to get where he wants to go off the dribble. He’s only 19 years old and would be a project, but he’s shown some positive signs so far.