NBA Draft News: Wizards add Hachimura & Schofield
Last night at the Barclay’s Center in New York, there was one man that stole the show by the name of Zion Williamson.
It was all Zion, all night long. However, our Washington Wizards entered the night with the No. 9 overall pick and selected a player that was a bit surprising. His name is Rui Hachimura.
Hachimura made history last night by being the first ever Japanese-born player to be selected in the NBA Draft.
A 6’8 forward from Gonzaga that was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year and First-Team All-American.
He played three seasons at Gonzaga and skipped his senior year to enter the draft. In 2018-19 Hachimura averaged 19.7 ppg, while shooting 59% from the field. Hachimura helped lead his Gonzaga team to the Elite 8, but ultimately fell short to the Texas Tech Raiders 75-69. Hachimura lead the Zags with 22 points that night.
This shocked the league and Hachimura himself because the Wizards never spoke, nor met with Hachimura before the draft.
The Wizards entered the draft with one pick, but added more depth throughout the night by completing a trade in the second round with the Philadelphia 76ers. Washington traded for Jonathon Simmons and the rights to the 42nd pick, Tennessee Volunteer Admiral Schofield, in exchange for cash considerations.
Schofield averaged 11.9 ppg and played a vital role for a Tennessee team that was one of the best in college basketball last season.
The Wizards ended the night by agreeing to a contract with undrafted point guard Justin Robinson from Virginia Tech.
Overall Draft Grade: B+
The Wizards are in a tough situation still without a GM, but ended the night with an intriguing No. 9 overall selection, as well as adding depth in Simmons and Schofield to a rather small roster at the moment.
Hachimura proved that he is an efficient scorer near the rim, but with continued development, I believe he can improve and be more of an outside scorer as well. NBA Free Agency begins June 30, and that is when we will see what is next for our Washington Wizards.