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NBA Draft 2021: Wizards to work out Josh Christopher and Ayo Dosunmu on Friday

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Both guards are typically projected somewhere in the late first or early second round

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Josh Christopher dunking against Stanford
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On Thursday, the Washington Wizards announced that they have invited Arizona State guard Josh Christopher and Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu to a pre-draft workout tomorrow.

Both guards are around 6’5 but have different approaches to the game. Christopher is a cold-blooded scorer and Dosunmu is more of a facilitator and combo guard.

Dosunmu is the older prospect at 21 and having completed his junior year at Illinois. He debated entering last year’s draft but returned to school after concerns about his shooting hurt his stock. He was able to mostly eliminate those concerns by shooting 39% from 3 and 78.3% from the free throw line.

Dosunmu averaged 20.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 1.1 steals. He showed a lot of versatility this year by acting as a slasher, spot-up shooter, creator, and a defender depending on what his team needed. A lackluster NCAA tournament appearance seemed to kill some of the momentum from an otherwise productive season.

Christopher, a 19 year old freshman, is more about potential than production at this point. He averaged 14.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.5 steals. But he only shot 30.5% from 3, which is a bit concerning to teams. He did make 80% of his free throws, which should help put general managers at ease.

Christopher is a gifted athlete who excels as an isolation scorer, a skill set that every team seems to want more of. He’s also shown nice defensive instincts and made some highlight reel plays on that end when he was engaged. Unfortunately, his effort on that end was less than consistent.

Personally, I’m higher on Christopher as an NBA prospect but really enjoyed watching Dosunmu play this year. What are you thoughts on each prospect and who would you rather see as a Wizard? Let us know in the comments!