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Meet the Top-5 Selections in the 2020-21 NBA G League Draft

On January 11, 2021, the NBA G League held a 3-round draft, where a large number of the big-names did not find a team. Including Lance Stephenson, Michael Beasley, and LiAngelo Ball.

Only 25 players were selected in the 57-pick draft, with circa 200 draft eligible players available. The undrafted players will now enter a free agency pool and be available for selection should a team have roster space.

Former Washington Wizard, Admiral Schofield, led the way, being selected with the 1st overall pick by the Greensboro Swarm.

Washington Wizards: It's time to give Admiral Schofield more opportunity
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#1: Admiral Schofield

In 33 games in the 2019/20 season with the Washington Wizards, Admiral Schofield averaged 3 points per game. He had a standout 18-point, 6-rebound, and 2-assist effort against the Orlando Magic.

In the G League with the Capital City Go-Go (33 G), Schofield averaged 16 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2 assists, in an average of 30.9 minutes per contest.

The Greensboro Swarm are getting themselves a well-rounded prospect in Schofield. One who has proven himself to be a “do it all” type of player.

Standing at 6-foot-5, the 23-year-old at times plays significantly larger and is adept at using his body along with his athleticism to get to the rim.

Still relatively young, Admiral Schofield has a lot of untapped potential that the Charlotte Hornets’ affiliate will attempt to unlock.

2020 NBA Draft scouting report: Freddie Gillespie - Peachtree Hoops
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#2: Freddie Gillespie

After going undrafted in the 2020 NBA Draft, Freddie Gillespie out of Baylor, was the 2nd pick in the G League Draft.

The 6-foot-9 power forward previously linked up with the Dallas Mavericks on a training camp deal, but was unable to make the final roster. Therefore, his sights were firmly set on making a G League impact.

Gillespie had an accomplished college career. In the 2019-20 season alone, he was named the Big 12 Most Improved Player of the Year, and was selected to the 2nd Team All-Big 12, and the All-Defensive team.

An impressive shot blocker for his size, he averaged 2.2 blocks per game during his final year with Baylor. He also has a low-post and mid-range game, but really excels at scoring on the move and in transition.

A well-rounded defender and rebounder, with a solid motor and great intangibles, Freddie Gillespie could very well be a diamond in the rough.

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#3: Antonio Blakeney

With the 3rd pick in the G League Draft, the Canton Charge selected Antonio Blakeney.

The former LSU shooting guard has some solid experience in the professional ranks, having been a member of the Chicago Bulls between 2017-19. In 2019-20, Blakeney took his talents to China and played with the Jiangsu Dragons.

With the Dragons he featured in 16 CBA games, with averages of 34.8 points, 8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.6 steals. He shot 50% from the field and converted at a 39.2% rate from 3-point range.

He is also no stranger to the G League. Having previously played with the Windy City Bulls, Blakeney was named the 2018 NBA G League Rookie of the Year. Additionally, he was named to the G League All-Rookie team and 2nd Team All-NBA G League.

The Charge will be getting a player who is going to hit the ground running. The 24-year-old will certainly be bringing a polished, well-rounded offensive skill set. With one of his strengths being his ability to be a dynamic scorer.

His ability to score off the dribble and in transition is great to watch. For a 6-foot-4 guard, he’s a strong rebounder as well. It’s safe to say, that it can be expected to see Antonio Blakeney contributing instantly, in a big way.

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#4: Allonzo Trier

What many considered to be one of the more highly sought after players in the G League Draft, Allonzo Trier landed with the Iowa Wolves at number 4.

Trier has the potential to be a prolific scorer at the G League level. Capable from scoring from all over the floor, the former New York Knicks guard can convert off the dribble and get to the paint with ease.

Additionally, he has a nice looking shot from deep and is a beat at getting to the free-throw line. Trier went undrafted in 2018, but soon after found himself on the Knicks’ roster on a two-way contract.

The young guard showed out in his NBA debut, as he recorded 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 blocks, in a win over the Atlanta Hawks. Over his debut season (2018-19), Trier averaged 10.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.9 assists, in 64 games.

As a sophomore, he only featured 24 times for the Knicks in the NBA. Posting averages of 6.5 points, 1.2 rebounds, and 1.2 assists, this was on an average of 12.1 minutes per contest.

Trier is certainly NBA caliber. The G League bubble will be a fantastic proving ground to show the world what he is capable of.

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#5: Tahjere McCall

Tahjere McCall, a 26-year-old shooting guard, was selected with the 5th overall pick, by the Lakeland Magic.

The former Long Island Nets and College Park Skyhawks standout is no stranger to a G League roster. McCall’s story is that of a player very close to making an NBA roster, but just not quite. The G League bubble will give him an outlet to showcase his talent.

For the College Park Skyhawks in the 2019-20 G League season, McCall posted averages of 12.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.7 steals. This was through 42 contests and on 46% shooting from the field,

He was unlucky not to find himself on the Atlanta Hawks’ roster, after having a stellar performance in the 2019-20 NBA Summer League. To many in attendance, McCall was the standout performer. This was on a team that featured the likes of De’Andre Hunter, Bruno Fernando, Jaylen Adams, and Omari Spellman.

The most translatable and ready-made trait that McCall possesses is his defense. His footwork, size, length, and energy jump off the screen, and he immediately puts his opposition under pressure, making life extremely difficult.

Tahjere McCall will look to make more eye-popping defensive plays in the Orlando Bubble.


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