Champagnie averaged 19.8 points, and 7.4 rebounds as a sophomore for St. John's. He is an accurate shooter (88.7% FT, 37.7% 3-pt.) that was named the Big East Most Improved Player for 2020-21. He led the conference in scoring, and free throw percentage. Right handed. …He has the ability to bully smaller defenders in the post. ...Despite being an average athlete (by NBA standards), Champagnie was a "plus defender" in college. He finished fourth in the Big East in Boxscore Plus/Minus. …The areas that need improvement in his game can likely be handled by NBA coaching. He could stand to tone up his body (8% body fat at NBA Combine), and work on his lateral quickness. Champagnie can be stubborn about getting his shots up, and he needs to welcome sharing more. We believe with better teammates, his game will shine. Julian Champagnie represents a real opportunity for a team to get a first round talent in the second round. Accurate shooting wings that play defense should be coveted.
Our best advice: in 2009, the 45th pick was Nick Calathes. We advised, "draft Danny Green."