The Milwaukee Bucks made MarJon Beauchamp out of the G League Ignite the number 24 overall pick in Thursday night’s NBA draft. Beauchamp is the first round pick that Bucks general manager Jon Horst has made since selecting Donte DiVincenzo at number 17 overall in 2018.
Journal Sentinel analysis
A rookie will have to prove to Bucks manager Mike Budenholzer that he knows how to defend first and foremost and Beauchamp looks ready – and capable – to do so. He also offers incredible reach to challenge perhaps bigger opponents. Beauchamp will not be asked to score should he play, so he will be able to work on his three-pointer by focusing on being a defensive contributor.
Vitali by MarJon Beauchamp
Wingspan: 7 feet.
You need to know
- He played in four different high schools and skipped a season to train before playing 12 games for Yakima Valley College before signing with Ignite.
- An average of 15.1 points by shooting 30% from behind the three-point line.
An exciting time
“Yeah, man, a lot of things were going through my head,” Beauchamp said of the time. “I feel like I am going through all the stages that I have been through. It went through my head, just everything I had to sacrifice to be here today.
“And, man, I’m just lucky to be here. I’m ready to grow up and become a great basketball player and keep working, because that’s all I do. I work. I can’t wait to get to this … new city. “
What he said
Beauchamp was at the Barclays Center in New York and met with the media after being cast.
How Ignite prepared it
“I feel like I have found myself. I have found new avenues in my game, not only on the pitch but also off the pitch. Building good habits and really, just like I said, finding a defensive engine and learning defensive terminology. I would like to give that advice to any guy who wants to become a pro. I feel like I’m one step ahead of the people who walk in. “
About playing in Milwaukee
“I am so excited. Playing against one of the greatest players and a great team, learning from them and learning from Khris Middleton and all the vets they have, is fantastic. And I feel like God has put this position into play for me. grow and become one of them. So that’s my plan, just to learn and keep growing. “
say the Bucks
General manager Jon Horst
On how MarJon appealed to the team off the pitch
“He’s a really, really good person. He loves basketball and wants to be great. And he’s willing to sacrifice and commit and really commit to an environment and culture that will make him grow and develop him to be great. So I think he is. the determination he showed and the spirit. He has a big heart. He’s a great young man. And I think what (coach Mike Budenholzer), my staff and I have spent time with him we really felt. “
In seeing enough Beauchamp despite playing just beyond high school to feel good about the choice.
“It’s just my staff network. Ryan Hoover, who runs our scouting group, Ronald Dupree, who supports him, and in a way our group, Dave Babcock, who has been with us forever, we have a staff together, Milt Newton, some of our assistant coaches , people we have worked with before, we have a network of people, and that’s part of what you try to build as a staff, living in the world of basketball. And get as much information as possible from as many different areas as possible. There is a former Wisconsin Herd manager who we are very attached to and who knows MarJon very well. And this was really helpful for us. This is just one example of the many where you really try to connect the dots and really understand where your web is, how far it stretches and you learn as much as you can, look as much as you can, put it all in and make a decision. We’ll see if we’re right. “
Deputy General Manager Milt Newton
About what they got in Beauchamp
“We have a player. Versatile, can defend multiple positions, really athletic, very good defender. He will adapt to our patterns and be a great competitor. A player we really wanted. We didn’t think he would be there at 24 and we were desperately trying to move up. to make sure we can get a deal where we could have taken him, but he was there. And we’re happy with that selection. “
On Beauchamp’s jump shot
“We think it will improve. His shooting mechanics are really good. We have this exercise called “Bucks 100”, shooting 101 3-point shots, and I think he shot in the mid 60’s, which is pretty good, out of motion, after training, he’s tired, but the mechanics are there for him to improve as a shooter and we think he will certainly improve with the technical staff we have “.
say the Draftniks
USA TODAY’s Jeff Zilgitt: “He has the size and talent to contribute immediately as a versatile defender who can defend more positions on the flank, as well as bigger players down below. He uses that wingspan to create turnovers, block shots and collect rebounds. “
Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer: “Imposing defender who plays hard regardless of score. … With a 7-foot-1 wingspan and great lateral swiftness, he can swarm ball handlers. He has solid fighting technique across screens both on and off the ball. On a change against a post player, he has the structure and length to absorb the bumps and the contest. Not to mention he is a great rebounder. … he needs to improve as a 3-point shooter to become a regular player in the NBA.
Sam Vecenie of Atletico: “He defends well on the ball with a real possibility of exchange thanks to his wingspan of 6 feet-11. He is aggressive in breaking glass. He cuts and makes things happen. He isn’t necessarily an ideal choice for the Bucks, but this choice has also been widely speculated within league circles to potentially be moved on draft night.
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