News about who the Charlotte Hornets have been speaking to continues to trickle out. Yesterday, we learned that the Hornets have spoken to two of Kentucky's top players from last season: Willie Cauley-Stein and Devin Booker. Oh, and Justise Winslow.
Cauley-Stein measured in at 7'0.5" in shoes with a 7'3" wingspan at the NBA draft combine, and by all accounts would be a bit of a project for whatever team selects him. However, he's an extremely athletic and versatile big man, and should make an immediate impact in the NBA simply because of those things. You can check out a video breakdown of Cauley-Stein's game here.
The Hornets also spoke to Cauley-Stein's teammate, Devin Booker. Booker is surprisingly polished for an 18-year-old, and he's not shy about his potential, either. He boasted that he's "definitely" the best shooter in the draft this year, according to Rick Bonnell. The Hornets could use shooting, and Booker's mark of 41.4 percent from behind the arc should translate nicely to the NBA. He measured in at just under 6'6" at the combine and sports a wingspan of 6'8.25". Not bad. Not bad at all. Here's a video breakdown on Booker.
And finally, the Hornets also reportedly spoke to Justise Winslow. Winslow's projected to go early in the lottery, and for good reason: He's very good. It's no surprise, then, that 13 other teams have spoken with him as well. Any team in the lottery should do their due diligence by interviewing players projected to go earlier and later than where their pick is. The lottery is a crap shoot, as they say. Winslow measured in at around 6'7" at the combine, along with a wingspan of 6'10.25" (!!!). Oh, and he also shot 41.4 percent from beyond the arc in college.
I'm sure you're noticing a trend. The Hornets desperately want a shooter.
More interviews are scheduled for next week, and with the lottery itself just days away, the Hornets should have a clearer picture of who to target in the upcoming draft. Who would you like to see them take?