Bryce McGowens Draft Scouting Report: Pro Comparison, Updated Hornets Roster

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIJune 24, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 09: Nebraska Cornhuskers guard Bryce McGowens (5) drives to the basket against the Northwestern Wildcats on March 9, 2022 during the Big Ten Tournament at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Brian Spurlock/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Nebraska guard Bryce McGowens, who averaged 16.8 points and 5.2 rebounds in his lone season in Lincoln, has gone No. 40 overall in the 2022 NBA draft to the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday.

Bleacher Report Draft Expert Jonathan Wasserman's Scouting Report

Player: Bryce McGowens

Position: SG/SF

Height: 6'5"

Pro Comparison: Jaylen Nowell

Scouting Report: McGowens popped during a losing season at Nebraska with 6'5" guard size and three-level scoring. He was more effective getting to the rim and drawing fouls, though high school tape and the eye test suggest he's a better shooter than the numbers say.

Mark Williams, C: Rookie scale contract

Bryce McGowens, SG/SF

Gordon Hayward, SF: $30M (2024)

Terry Rozier, PG: $24.1M (2026)

Kelly Oubre, SF: $12.3M (2023)

LaMelo Ball, PG: $8.9M (2024)

Mason Plumlee, C: $8.2M (2023)

James Bouknight, SG: $4.8M (2025)

Kai Jones, PF: $3.4M (2025)

P.J. Washington, PF: $3.0M (2023)

JT Thor, PF: $1.67M (2025)

Jalen McDaniels, PF: $1.5M (2023, Team Option)

Nick Richards, C: $1.4M (2023)

Montrezl Harrell, PF: UFA

Miles Bridges, SF: RFA

Cody Martin, SF: RFA

Isaiah Thomas, PG: UFA

Scottie Lewis, SG: RFA

Arnoldas Kulboka, SF: RFA


McGowens, a 5-star prospect out of Legacy Early College High School (South Carolina), chose to attend Nebraska over Georgia. He joined his older brother, Trey, who transferred from Pitt in 2020.

He was ranked No. 29 on 247Sports' composite list of high school men's basketball players in the 2021 class.

Nebraska struggled despite McGowens' good year, going 10-22 overall and finishing last in the Big Ten. However, McGowens certainly had his fair share of individual success in Lincoln, notably dropping 26 points in a 78-70 upset win over Ohio State on March 1. He also tied a career-high of 29 points against Rutgers on Jan. 29 in a 63-61 loss.

McGowens is an intriguing prospect at the next level. He clearly had no trouble scoring in the tough Big Ten, eventually finishing the year on the conference's All-Freshman team. His size and length can translate to the next level.

It might be asking too much of the 19-year-old to contribute right away, as he needs to work on his three-point shot (27.4 percent). However, the potential is there for McGowens to carve out a long and successful NBA career.

Now McGowens' professional stint is set to start in Charlotte as he looks to get off on the right foot in the NBA.