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Admiral Schofield No.1 Pick in NBA G League Draft, Freddie Gillespie Goes Second

Admiral Schofield No.1 Pick in NBA G League Draft, Freddie Gillespie Goes Second

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The former Washington Wizards‘ and the Tennessee Volunteers’ guard, Admiral Schofield, was the No.1 pick at today’s G-League draft.

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He was selected by the Charlotte Hornets’ affiliate, Greensboro Swarm, who believe that the 23-year old has enough potential to bounce back to the NBA following a disappointing initial experience.

Schofield was picked as the 42nd overall in 2019 by the Washington Wizards. He played 33 matches, averaging 3 points, and 1.4 boards, in 11.2 minutes on the floor. Previously, he was one of the best players of the Tennessee Volunteers while attending college, scoring 16.5 points with 6.1 boards, in 37 games over his senior season.

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Back then, the Volunteers were among the top teams in the country but failed to make a deep postseason run, reaching only the Sweet 16 phase.

The strong guard was also playing for the Wizards’ G-League affiliate Go-Go, not missing a single of their 33 matches, dropping 16 buckets with 5.5 boards in 31 minutes. Midway through November, the Wizards traded him to OKC Thunder along with Vit Krejci, in exchange for Cassius Winston and a 2024 second-round pick. Thunder didn’t wait for too long before waiving Schofield.

The No.2 in the draft was Freddi Gillespie, a power forward that went undrafted at the recent NBA draft. The 6-foot-9 was attending the last two years in college at Baylor, but without some shiny stats, posting 9.6 points, 9 rebounds, 2.2 blocks, and 1.1 steals per night in 30 games over his last season. Gillespie previously played in NCAA Division III for Carleton Knights and was transferred to Baylor in 2017.

Antonio Blakeney went third, finishing in Canton Charge, Cavaliers’ affiliate. He played for the Chicago Bulls from 2017 until 2019 before jumping to China, where he appeared for Jiangsu Dragons. Blakeney was the G League Rookie of the Year in 2018, earning that honors while playing for the Windy City Bulls, Chicago’s affiliate.

While playing in the NBA, in 76 appearances for the Bulls, Blakeney posted 7.5 points with 1.8 boards in 15 minutes.

The former New York Knicks’ shooting guard Allonzo Trier was fourth, selected by Iowa Wolves, and Tahjere McCall fifth, with Lakeland Magic picking the former Tennessee State’s shooting guard.

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One interesting name came up at this year’s draft. Gary Payton II will head for Canada once COVID-19 chaos calms down, as Toronto’s affiliate Raptors 905 decided to give him a chance. Payton II was the 15th selection in today’s draft. He already has solid experience in the G League, winning the competition in 2019 with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

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