Tracking back to that need for the Bulls to add another three-and-D wing presence in the rotation for next season, a great option for them in this 2020 NBA Draft class is former St. Mary’s Gaels junior small forward Malik Fitts. This 6-foot-8 and 230 pound California native really broke out for SMC in the back half of his college career.
This two-time All-West Coast Conference honoree transferred to join the SMC basketball program after his freshman campaign with the South Florida Bulls closed out. He played two years in the WCC, and was one of the most underrated wings in this entire region of the country as far as NBA Draft prospects are concerned.
As a junior at SMC, Fitts played in 34 games (starting in all of them). There was only one game in the entirety of his two years at SMC that Fitts didn’t start on the wing. But during his junior campaign, he averaged 16.5 points per game, 7.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 1.4 steals, while shooting 47.2 percent from the field and 40.8 percent from beyond the arc.
The height, strength, and wingspan of Fitts should allow him to physically translate his game quicker to the NBA level. And his modern fit as a wing at the next level will help him make a more natural transition too. If he’s still available in the latter portions of the second round, or potentially as an undrafted free agent, there’s no way that Karnisovas and the Bulls should pass him up.