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Charlotte Hornets’ last pre-draft workout includes Duke, UNC stars, a legacy

Duke's Luke Kennard (5) is among draft candidates scheduled to work out for the Charlotte Hornets Sunday.
Duke's Luke Kennard (5) is among draft candidates scheduled to work out for the Charlotte Hornets Sunday. AP

The last scheduled pre-draft workout for the Charlotte Hornets will include three possibilities for the 11th pick and a legacy from the first days of the NBA in Charlotte.

Duke’s Luke Kennard, North Carolina’s Justin Jackson and Kentucky’s Bam Adebayo are among six draft candidates set to be at Spectrum Center Sunday morning. All three are projected as first-round picks.

Others invited: Cincinnati’s Troy Caupain, Connecticut’s Rodney Purvis and Lehigh’s Tim Kempton. Kempton, a two-time Patriot League Player of the Year, is the son and namesake of original Hornet Tim Kempton, now a broadcaster with the Phoenix Suns.

The Hornets hold the 11th and 41st overall picks in Thursday night’s NBA draft.

▪ Kennard, projected as an NBA shooting guard, averaged 19.5 points for the Blue Devils last season, shooting 49 percent from the field and 44 percent from 3-point range.

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North Carolina's Justin Jackson (44) is scheduled to work out for the Charlotte Hornets Sunday. Chuck Burton AP

▪ Jackson, the ACC Player of the Year, averaged 18.3 points for the national champion Tar Heels, shooting 44 percent from the field and 37 percent from 3-point range.

▪ Adebayo, a 6-10 center from Washington, N.C., averaged 13 points, eight rebounds and 1.5 blocks in his one season at Kentucky.

▪ Kempton is a 6-10 center. His father, a former star at Notre Dame, signed with the Hornets before their first season (1988-89). A character, the older Kempton once ate a Whopper (Burger King’s super-sized sandwich) in a single bite to win a bet with then-Observer columnist Doug Robarchek.

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