Kira Lewis Jr. selected by New Orleans Pelicans in 2020 NBA Draft: Hazel Green alum is the No. 13 pick

Point guard Kira Lewis Jr. from The University of Alabama — and, previously, Hazel Green High School — was selected No. 13 overall by the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Here is our pre-draft breakdown of Lewis from earlier this week:

PG Kira Lewis Jr., Alabama (Hazel Green HS) 

Measurables: 6-foot-3, 165 pounds 

Draft position: Mid to late first round; projects him going No. 10 to Phoenix; ESPN projects him at No. 14 to Boston; USA Today has Orlando taking him at No. 15.

NBA comparison: Keyon Dooling

After earning first-team 6A all-state honors as a junior, Lewis opted to enroll at Alabama a year early, and when he debuted as a freshman in November 2018, he became the youngest active player in Division I at age 17. His youth didn’t prove a detriment — he earned SEC All-Freshman team honors that season and played on the U.S. FIBA U19 World Championship team that won a gold medal.

Last season, he led the Crimson Tide in scoring (18.5 points per game), assists (5.2) and steals (1.8) while shooting 36.6% from three-point range. He was named to the All-SEC first team and has established himself as one of the top point guard prospects in this year’s draft.

Mike Schmitz, ESPN/Draft Express: “One of the quickest players in the draft. Can change speeds or directions on a dime. Highly productive for his age.”

Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer: “Pick-and-roll playmaking habits bode well for his potential. Agile on-ball defender who moves well laterally and fights through screens, but he needs to get a lot stronger to contain bigger guards.”


Kira Lewis Jr. leads 2020 NBA Draft prospects with Alabama high school basketball ties

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