The draft process is finally starting to pick up. We learned about a month ago that Ömer Yurtseven had a pre-draft interview with the Hornets, and lately the team has been posting clips of their pre-draft interviews with certain prospects. Each interview will be embedded below for those who want to watch them, and there will be a short notes section beneath each link for anyone who chooses not to do so.
Devon Dotson, PG, Kansas:
Dotson spoke about how playing under Bill Self at Kansas helped him develop, how he’s been preparing for the draft, and how he fits in with the current Hornets roster (which he seemed to know a fair bit about).
Killian Hayes, G, ratiopharm Ulm (France):
The best part of Killian’s interview was when he mentioned specifically how his playing style would fit with Devonte’ Graham and Malik Monk in the backcourt, but he also touched on his background playing professionally in France.
Filip Petrušev, F/C, Gonzaga (Mega Bemax, Serbia)
Recently having signed with Serbian club Mega Bemax of the Adriatic League, Filip spoke about how he’s been preparing for the draft with a professional club in his home country, as well as how playing with current NBA players (Brandon Clarke, Rui Hachimura, etc.) at Gonzaga helped him.
Karim Mane, G/W, Vanier College (Canada):
Karim has a really interesting background as a Senegalese native that moved to Canada as a child and grew up a soccer player. He talks about how his path has prepared him for the league, and the high-level program he was a part of at Vanier College in Montréal, Canada.
Precious Achiuwa, F, Memphis:
Precious is also a former soccer player, and he talks about how that helped him as a basketball player. Memphis, his on-court mentality, and his fit in Charlotte are touched on, too.
Aaron Nesmith, W, Vanderbilt:
Aaron started the interview talking about how badly he wanted to improve from his freshman to his sophomore season before declaring himself as the best shooter in the draft (confidence is key). He also talked about how playing under former NBA player Jerry Stackhouse at Vanderbilt helped build his confidence in making the league.
Cassius Stanley, W, Duke:
Cassius’ interview covers a lot of different topics, such as how he’s stayed ready for the draft, playing at high-level programs in Sierra Canyon High School and Duke, skills he didn’t get to show in college that he’ll show in the NBA, his relationship with PJ Washington and Miles Bridges, and how he didn’t get to watch as much basketball this year since he didn’t have League Pass for the first time in his life.
Keep checking the Hornets’ social media pages if you feel inclined, because there will likely be more videos like this posted in the coming days/weeks. It’s a pretty cool look inside the process, and it’s always fun to talk about the prospects that the Hornets interview.