The Chicago Bulls recently got a closer look at DePaul star Javon Freeman-Liberty. In his exit interview, Bulls vice president of basketball operations, Arturas Karnisovas, said that his next focus was on the 2022 NBA Draft on June 23.
This workout is the latest effort on that front and follows a strategy that has worked out for the Bulls and Karnisovas in particular.
They recently worked out 7-foot-3 Kai Sotto of the NBL who would fill a position of need. But Bulls.com’s Sam Smith figures Sotto is more likely to be brought in as an undrafted free agent since he carries a second-round projection and they lack a second-round pick.
Freeman-Liberty’s outlook is similar. But one thing that could separate him is an important fan.
Tale of the Tape
Freeman-Liberty has twice tested the NBA Draft waters. But coming off of a career-best season in which he averaged 21.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 3.2 assists could be viewed as proof that his decision to wait was a smart one.
What’s more, his decision to transfer to DePaul could be the biggest driving factor in his potentially landing with his hometown team.
That is because, in his two seasons of playing in the South Loop, Karnisovas became a fan.
NBA draft prospect Javon Freeman-Liberty recently had a workout with the Chicago Bulls, per sources.
Javon is a guard and played college basketball at DePaul University. Arturas Karnisovas attended several DePaul games this past season and is a fan of Javon’s game.
— Daniel Greenberg (@ChiSportUpdates) June 5, 2022
The 6-foot-4 combo guard was impactful in his two seasons at Valparaiso.
He earned All-Defensive honors in the Missouri Valley Conference twice and was named All-MVC in 2020 among other accolades.
Freeman-Liberty’s production slipped from 19.0 points and 6.1 boards with 3.2 assists in his final season at Valpo to 14.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.6 dimes in his first with the Blue Demons. He bounced back in a big way as a senior knocking down a career-high 36.8% of his triples.
Even better, Freeman-Liberty took his game to another level in conference play, averaging 22.6 points with 6.5 boards, 2.5 assists, and 1.6 steals while hitting 39.7% of his threes.
Putting Chicago Back in the Bulls
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