Once considered a fringe first-rounder, Bam Adebayo is looking as a likely lottery selection in Thursday’s NBA Draft.
Over the past few weeks, we have heard Adebayo has dominated in his workouts with teams throughout the league. His physicality has always been impressive, but most franchises are enamored with the former Wildcat’s ability to shoot, with his range extending beyond the three-point line.
A team with significant interest? The Charlotte Hornets, who hold the No. 11 selection in the draft.
In his recent workout with the Hornets, Adebayo went 13 for 25 in his shots behind the arc in front of Charlotte personnel.
Check out this excerpt on his visit and workout from the Charlotte Observer:
Three-point shooting range isn’t required of NBA centers, but in these days when spacing and versatility are at premium, it can only help Edrice “Bam” Adebayo.
Adebayo, who played his final high school season in High Point before entering Kentucky, was one of six draft candidates at a Charlotte Hornets workout Sunday. At the end of each pre-draft workout, the Hornets have all players take five NBA 3-pointers from each of five semi-circle spots.
Adebayo, who missed his only 3-pointer in his single college season, swished 13 of 25 attempts in that drill. Granted, Adebayo was shooting unguarded, but that accuracy didn’t surprise him.
“I’ve been shooting the ball since I was 12 years old. I was always getting better,” said Adebayo. “I wasn’t asked to do it (from the perimeter) at Kentucky because we all played our parts; we all sacrificed certain stuff.