NBA draft prospect Jamaree Bouyea explained on Tuesday after a workout with the Los Angeles Lakers how his game has grown after playing five seasons at the University of San Francisco.
Bouyea, who was named to the All-WCC first team, averaged 17.3 points, five rebounds, four assists and 1.8 steals. He helped guide the Dons to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998 and was the second-leading scorer in the conference.
The 6-foot-2 standout left as the all-time program leader in wins (98) and games played (160). His time with San Francisco helped shape him into the player he is today and believes that he is a more-rounded point guard, as a result.
I think I’ve grown in the point guard position as a whole. I think when I came to USF, I wasn’t so savvy, poised and patient as a guard. I was kinda just an athletic guard running the floor. I think now I can handle the ball, get into pick and rolls and make the right plays and see the right reeds. I’ve picked up on my defense since I’ve been in college and that is one thing I take pride in now.
Bouyea, in what became his final collegiate game, erupted for a career-high 36 points in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in an overtime loss to Murray State. He thought the outing showed more coaches and scouts what can bring to the next level.
He enters the pre-draft process projected by some to be a second-round pick. In addition to working out with the Lakers, Bouyea also visited the Atlanta Hawks and is among the prospects set to compete in the NBA G League Elite Camp May 16-17 in Chicago, Illinois.
With plenty of workouts on the horizon, Bouyea will have the opportunity to showcase his game in front of talent evaluators. He proved to be a great player in college and will be hoping to do the same at the next level.
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