James Bouknight

Updated on 4/6/21.  Written by Alan Lu.

Height: 6-5
Weight: 190
College: Connecticut
Classification: Sophomore
Birthdate: 9/18/2000

2021 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 11
Projected Draft Range: Lottery

Pros:

Fairly good shooter from all over the floor
Crafty scorer off the dribble
Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Handles the ball well
Moves fairly well off the ball on offense
Solid rebounder for his size
Adequate defender
Solid athlete


Cons:

Can be reluctant to take threes
Streaky shooter
Can be prone to hoisting up questionable shots
Can tend to force the issue too much on offense
Can tend to over-dribble, which can lead to turnovers
Can have lapses defensively

Summary:

James Bouknight is an athletic, skilled combo guard that can shoot and score the basketball in a variety of ways.  He thrives at taking the ball to the rack to score, and he also excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays. 

He had a very good sophomore season, and he shot the ball well, as he’s put forth strong games against USC and Creighton. He can be a bit turnover prone and will need to improve his defense, and his three-point percentage dipped towards the end of his sophomore season. Still, Bouknight is a good offensive player that can score the basketball and put up points in a hurry, and he projects to be a lottery pick in the 2021 draft.

Links:
RealGM Profile
NBADraft.Net Profile
ESPN’s 2021 NBA Mock Draft
YouTube’s Highlights of the 2/16/20 UConn vs. Memphis Game via Matthew Loves Ball
YouTube’s Highlights of the 3/5/20 UConn vs. Houston Game via Storrs South

Games Scouted:
12/3/20 Connecticut vs. USC
2/20/21 Connecticut vs. Villanova

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