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Johnny Juzang leads latest Lakers pre-draft workout

Southern California native Johnny Juzang was the highlight of the Lakers latest 2022 NBA draft workout on Monday.

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On Monday evening, the Lakers held their latest NBA draft workout, with the crop of prospects highlighted by hometown prospect Johnny Juzang. Juzang was born in Los Angeles, played high school basketball at Harvard-Westlake School and eventually played two seasons at UCLA.

Here’s the full list of prospects who took part in the workout:

  • Remy Martin – Kansas
  • Johnny Juzang – UCLA
  • Jermaine Samuels – Villanova
  • Michael Devoe – Georgia Tech
  • Haowen Guo – Shanghai Sharks
  • Kenneth Lofton Jr. – Louisiana Tech

For the Bruins last year, Juzang averaged 15.6 points per game while shooting 43.2% from the field and 36% from behind the 3-point line. However, it was Juzang’s performance in the prior season’s NCAA Tournament that earned him national recognition.

Juzang led the Bruins to the Final Four, averaging 22.8 points per game in the tournament on 50.9% shooting from the field and 37.5% from beyond the arc. His best performance during that run came in the Final Four loss to Gonzaga when he scored 29 points on 12-18 shooting from the field, including the game-tying shot in overtime which preceded Jalen Suggs’ memorable game-winner.

While Juzang isn’t in DraftExpress’ latest NBA mock draft, he is ranked in the top 100 of Sam Vecenie of The Athletic’s big board, making him one of the few ranked players that the Lakers have worked out.

Haowen Guo is also an interesting prospect because of his uncommon path. The 22-year old prospect has played four seasons in the Chinese Basketball Association, averaging 14.5 points per game last season, shooting 47.9% from the field and 36.5% from long range. He also competed in the 2019 FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup, averaging 20.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists in seven games.

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