The At the Hive community was tasked with voting on the Hornets selection at 36 overall in our community mock draft, and you all selected guard Admiral Schofield out of Tennessee. Not only does Schofield have arguably the best name in the draft, he also brings a skill set and intangibles that should help an NBA team immediately.
Height: 6’4” without shoes, 6’5.25” in shoes
Standing reach: 8’6.5”
Weight: 241 pounds
Vertical: 30” no step, 34” maximum
Strengths: Outside shooting, defensive intensity, intangibles
Schofield has made himself into a deadly 3-point shooter. After shooting only 30% from three as a freshman, he connected on over 40% of his 3-point attempts over his last two seasons on nearly five attempts per game. He has deep range and connect on pull-ups if needed, even though his form is a bit rigid.
Schofield looks like a football player playing basketball. He’s a 240 pound of muscle and plays with the intensity and physicality you’d expect from someone with his frame. He didn’t generate a lot of steals or blocks in college, but his athleticism and intensity should make him a positive defender at the NBA level.
Schofield has a knack for the big moment. He hit a number of huge shots for Tennessee, including a couple down the stretch of NCAA Tournament games. He plays with great energy and intensity at all times.
Question marks: Shot creation ability, tweener status, room for growth
Schofield is limited as a ball handler. Most of the shots he generates for himself are tough pull-up jump shots that NBA defenses will want him to take. He only got to the line 2.9 times per 40 minutes, an indication of his inability to get defenders on their heels. He also barely topped a 1:1 assist to turnover ratio as a senior.
Schofield is a power forward in a wing’s body. He’s athletic, but he’s anything but shifty or nimble. He plays bully ball and is very dependent on his strength. His length and strength might let him play the 4 in small ball lineups, but that’s a risky venture. If he’s not big enough to play the 4, is he nimble enough to play the wing?
Schofield played four years of high level collegiate basketball, and that always comes with questions about a player’s potential for growth. He’ll be 23 years old by the end of his rookie season. His role looks pretty clearly defined at the NBA level- an energy defender off the bench that can knock down open jump shots. There may be players with higher upside still on the board.
Admiral Schofield would be a safe pick for the Hornets to make in the second round. His intensity and 3-point shooting ability should translate immediately, but he might not ever bring more to the table than that.