Hoard's Scouting Profile (h/t B/R's Jonathan Wasserman)
Versatile scorer from both forward spots. Mismatch size for a wing or 4 who can face up and scorer.
Needs to improve three-point shooting. Lacks muscle/toughness around the basket.
Lacks strength to guard bigs but has good foot speed, length to defend the perimeter.
Projected role: Reserve combo forward
Hoard, the first one-and-done player in Wake Forest men's basketball history, appeared in all 31 games for the Demon Deacons in 2018-19 and started 30 of them.
The freshman forward averaged 13.1 points and 7.6 rebounds while also notching seven double-doubles, according to the program's official website.
The France native arrived at Wake Forest as the program's highest-ranked recruit since 2008 as a 5-star out of High Point Wesleyan in North Carolina.
His projection as a reserve player coincides with HoopsHype's No. 64 aggregate ranking for Hoard among all prospects in this draft.
To maximize his potential as a versatile scorer, though, Hoard needs to improve his three-point shooting. In 31 games at Wake Forest, he shot just 22.6 percent from downtown. That said, the Trail Blazers must know they are signing a project and should look to bring Hoard along gradually.