Following an outstanding sophomore season for the St. John’s University Men’s Basketball team, Julian Champagnie has accepted an invitation to participate in the Microsoft Surface NBA Draft Combine, which is set to begin on June 21 in Chicago.
At the combine, players will interview with NBA teams and participate in five-on-five games. Prospects will also undergo shooting, strength and agility drills in the presence of NBA front office personnel.
ESPN2 will feature coverage of the combine on June 24 and ESPNU will broadcast the action on June 25. Telecasts will begin at 3 p.m. ET each day.
Champagnie’s twin brother, Justin, will also participate in the combine.
The event will be held at Wintrust Arena, where Champagnie has averaged 12.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in two wins against DePaul, and the Marriott Marquis.
This past season, Champagnie earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST First Team after leading the league in scoring at 19.8 points per game and ranking seventh in rebounding with 7.4 caroms per contest. The co-winner of the BIG EAST’s Most Improved Player Award, Champagnie became the fourth player in St. John’s history to lead the BIG EAST in scoring over the course of a conference season, joining the likes of Chris Mullin (1983-84), Walter Berry (1985-86) and Marcus Hatten (2001-02). He reached double figures in all 25 of his appearances, scoring no fewer than 12 points in any one game and posting 11 efforts of 20-plus points. The Brooklyn native also logged seven double-doubles.
In 2019-20, Champagnie earned a spot on the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team after averaging 9.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest, the latter of which led the squad.
After shooting 31.2 percent from deep as a freshman, Champagnie cashed in on 38.0 percent of his long-range tries this past season. The Bishop Loughlin graduate also led the BIG EAST in free throwing shooting, converting on 88.7 percent of his chances from the charity stripe.
As a team, St. John’s went 16-11 this past season and finished with a winning record in BIG EAST play for the first time since 2014-15. The Red Storm’s no. 4 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament marked the program’s best regular season finish since 2000.
The deadline for players to withdraw their names from the draft process is July 7.
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