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MarJon Beauchamp Is The NBA Draft's Feel-Good Story

Meet a kid who is so easy to root for and has a big story and is now a member of the Milwaukee Bucks.

MarJon Beauchamp’s incredible path to the Milwaukee Bucks included stops at four high schools, a community college, and the NBA G League. Not exactly the "HS standout, recruited to sweet-16 college, to NBA" path many players have. Beauchamp's path would test a young kid more than any kid should have to be tested. On Thursday night, that all changed.

On Thursday night, Beauchamp was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks with their 24th selection in the NBA draft. He was very moved, as evidenced in this wholesome video. 

Long Journey

Beauchamp is 6'6 with a 7'1 wingspan. This modern, prototypical wing is very popular in the NBA right now. Beauchamp is scouted to be a terrific defender and can make a shot from almost anywhere. His outside stroke is below average, but that can be worked on. His attitude and defensive commitment give real "Marcus Smart" vibes. His NBA potential isn't the story, however. Beauchamp has worked hard to get to the halls of the NBA. 

It's easy to see failure in a player (high school kid) who had to transfer to multiple high schools, but poor Beauchamp also had toxic mold that was making him sick and (literally) exhausted. It seems that so often when seeing people's stories, we ignore how difficult it is to work hard when the details of life make it difficult. "Pulling up by your bootstraps" is typically said by those who didn't have to.

Beauchamp joined an NBA preparation program to prepare for the 2021 NBA draft, but the COVID-19 pandemic shut down that part of his journey. Eventually, Beauchamp joined the basketball program at Yakima Valley College, and despite lingering conditions from contracting COVID, he averaged 30.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 4.8 assists as a freshman. In 2021, he joined the G-league Ignite team. There, he averaged 15.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game.

Last night, the Milwaukee Bucks drafted him. Hard not to root for anyone who worked that hard to get where they dreamed of being.