Center Przemek Karnowski, who was a key player in Gonzaga’s Final Four run, and Davidson guard Jack Gibbs will be among six draft prospects working out for the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center Wednesday.
Others scheduled to attend the Hornets’ first workout, in preparation for the June 22 NBA draft: Arizona’s Kadeem Allen, Wake Forest’s Austin Arians, Notre Dame’s V.J. Beachem and Louisville’s Mangok Mathiang.
The Hornets have the 11th overall pick in the first round and the 41st pick in the second round. These six players appear more likely to be candidates for second-round picks, rather than first-round picks.
Karnowski, 23, grew up in Poland before coming to the United States for college basketball. He is a huge presence in the lane at 7-foot-1 and about 300 pounds. He averaged 12.2 points and 5.8 rebounds as a senior, but he’ll likely be chosen well after another Gonzaga big man, freshman Zach Collins, who will likely go among the first 15 selections.
Gibbs, a 6-0 guard from Ohio, averaged 22.1 points for the Wildcats last season and shot 39 percent from the 3-point line.
Others auditioning Wednesday:
▪ Allen, a 6-3 guard who grew up in Wilmington, averaged 9.8 points last season for Arizona and shot 43 percent from 3-point range.
▪ Arians, a 6-6 forward, averaged 8.5 points as a senior for the Deacons, and shot 47 percent from the field.
▪ Beachem, a 6-8 forward, averaged 14.5 points and 4.1 rebounds as a senior at Notre Dame.
▪ Mathiang, a 6-10 forward, is 24 and is from Australia. He averaged 7.8 points last season and shot 53 percent from the field.
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