James Bouknight is going to the Queen City.
The Charlotte Hornets selected the UConn Huskies guard with the 11th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. With the pick, Bouknight becomes the highest-picked Husky since Andre Drummond back in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Fascinatingly enough, Charlotte has a history of taking UConn players in the NBA Draft this century. Emeka Okafor, Kemba Walker, and Shabazz Napier (who would later be traded, of course) have all been selected by the Hornets since the year 2000. And as we mentioned before, Bouknight is the first lottery pick from the Huskies since 2012. He is the 11th lotto pick that the Huskies have doled out in the 21st century, joining an illustrious group including Okafor, Walker, Ben Gordon, Caron Butler, and Rudy Gay among others.
Bouknight’s selection also ends a drought that the Huskies have gone through. He’s the first UConn player to be selected in either the first or second rounds of the NBA Draft since Daniel Hamilton was taken 56th overall in the year 2016.
We only followed Bouk for one year here after the Huskies moved to the Big East. But we wish him the best with his new squad in Buzz City!