The NBA draft is approaching on June 23 and the Milwaukee Bucks have the No. 24 overall selection. After an earlier than expected exit from the postseason, the Bucks will look to get back to the top of the mountain next year.
Who might they be interested in with the No. 24 pick?
In this edition, we take a look at G League Ignite swingman MarJon Beauchamp.
You won’t find many with as interesting a playing past as Beauchamp.
A native of Yakima, Wash., he moved to Seattle his freshman year of high school to attend Nathan Hale HS. The following year he followed his head coach, former NBAer Brandon Roy, to Seattle’s Garfield HS. As a junior, he stayed in town but made it three different high schools by transferring to Rainer Beach HS. His senior year was spent in Glendale, Ariz., at Dream City Christian School.
After his junior season, Beauchamp said he’d skip college and go right to the pros, instead planning on training with Chameleon BX. He gained 30 pounds of muscle weight but the pandemic (he also contracted COVID-19), among other reasons, made him regret his decision. “I thought this would get me ready for the draft,” Beauchamp told the Washington Post. “I thought I’d get NBA coaching and get my body right and get my mentality right. I was betting on myself to be different, but it was a bad year for that.”
Retaining his eligibility, Beauchamp played for Yakima Valley Community College, where he averaged 30.7 points (even with scoring just nine in his debut), 10.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists over 12 games. He then joined the G League Ignite program, where in 12 contests he led the team in minutes (36.6) while averaging 15.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals and shooting 57.1% from the field.
NBA COMBINE RESULTS
Did not participate in drills.
Height: 6-foot-5 1/2
Weight: 196 pounds
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
“Physical wing with the ingredients to be a high-level role player, but he needs to improve as a shooter. Excels playing off the ball. He knows how to utilize screens and handoffs as a slingshot to attack downhill. ... Tone-setting defender who plays hard regardless of the score. With a 7-foot-1 wingspan and great lateral quickness, he can swarm ball handlers. He has solid technique fighting through screens both on and off the ball. On a switch against a post player, he has the frame and length to absorb bumps and contest. Not to mention he’s an excellent rebounder. He needs to improve as a 3-point shooter to become a rotation regular in the NBA. His mechanics look smooth and he shot well from the line in high school, but his success has not translated to behind the arc.” - Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer
“Beauchamp possesses good size for a wing, is a fluid athlete, and did a better job making the most of it on both ends this season than he had in the past. Playing primarily off the ball, Beauchamp did much of his scoring in the G League running the wings in transition and cutting actively in the half court. Showing some ability to drive closeouts and find the open man on the move, he had some nice moments with the ball in his hands, but still has room to improve as a jump shooter to unlock his versatility on the offensive end. Playing exceptionally hard on the defensive end for much of the year, Beauchamp was not immune to an occasional rookie mistake but also locked down more seasoned swingmen for stretches too. He still has room to get stronger and improve his technique, but his combination of length, agility, and effort gives him considerable defensive potential.” – Synergy Sports
HOW HE FITS
After watching Milwaukee’s playoff exit this past season one might be screaming for the Bucks to draft a shooter. Beauchamp can score and get to the rim but hitting from behind the arc isn’t really in his repertoire just yet. Why should the Bucks draft him? How about defense. Head coach Mike Budenholzer’s scheme also revolves on that end of the floor and the Bucks lacked a shutdown defender this season. Beauchamp has the potential to be that guy. He’s a pest on defense and can rebound. Offensively he might be a work in progress but he has the skillset to be a contributor from Day 1.