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Coyotes 2024 Draft Summary

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Quebec Coyotes 2024 Draft Summary

 

It’s no secret the Quebec Coyotes officially have entered a rebuild, as it was made quite evident when the organization unloaded all-stars PF Gary Williams and C Charles Ottinger in a package that returned four first round draft picks - two in 2024 and two in 2025. This trade, along with the Coyotes’ own first round pick, gave the Coyotes three picks in the 2024 OBWL Draft, which slotted in at 6th (Coyotes), 16th (via Inferno), and 25th (via SunKings). The Coyotes added the following players via the draft:

 

1 (6)     SF Horacio Vega, Texas Tech

1 (16)   PF Coy Hardy, Michigan

1 (25)   PG Rupert Leeper, Purdue

2 (34)   SG Joshua Rollins, UNLV

 

With the 6th overall pick, the Coyotes drafted 6’7”, 228 pound, 21-year old small forward Horacio Vega out of Texas Tech. Vega projects to be a significant contributor on the offensive end, though there are questions about his upside on the defensive end. Vega is a threat both inside and outside, while also featuring a good midrange jumper, and is an excellent free throw shooter. For the 2024 season at Texas Tech, Vega averaged 13.7 points per game (.472 FG%, .810 FT%, .417 3P%), 4.0 rebounds per game, 3.1 assists per game, and 1.3 steals per game in 27.1 minutes per game, en route to an OCIT championship. “We’re very happy to add somebody with the potential Horacio possesses with the 6th pick” said general manager Joshua Biddle, “he has shown he can be a component of a championship team, and we really think he’ll only continue to improve with experience and could end up in the elite tier in terms of scoring.” 

 

With the 16th overall pick, the Coyotes selected 6’9”, 245 pound, 18-year old power forward Coy Hardy out of Michigan. Hardy is raw, but has potential on the offensive end in the paint and as a three point shooter, also showing positive ability at the free throw line. Hardy appears to have skills to be an adequate rebounder overall, though he has been touted as an excellent offensive rebounder. His defensive skills project to be moderate – he’s average at best in terms of positioning, but is a good shot blocker and has the strength necessary to make an impact in the post. Hardy was one-and-done at Michigan, averaging 10.7 points per game (.401 FG%, .623 FT%, .259 3P%), 6.1 rebounds per game, and 1.4 assists per game in 25.1 minutes per game. “We’re very happy to draft a big man like Coy to add to our frontcourt depth” said Biddle, “we’re leaning towards giving Coy some time in the OBDL given our current frontcourt group, but nothing is set in stone yet. We’re excited to see what he brings to the table”.

 

With the 25th overall pick, the Coyotes selected 6’1”, 180 pound, 19-year old point guard Rupert Leeper out of Purdue. Leeper is another raw prospect, but has intriguing potential, especially on the offensive end. He is average as a facilitator, but flashes good defensive ability on the perimeter and is very well-conditioned for a player of his age. He projects well as an inside scorer / driver, good jump shooter, and is already an excellent free throw shooter. During the 2024 season for Purdue, Leeper averaged 14.5 points per game (.469 FG%, .820 FT%, .406 3P%), 2.9 rebounds per game, 1.5 assists per game, and 1.7 steals per game in 25.1 minutes per game. “We’re intrigued by Leeper, we think he can come in and contribute immediately. He certainly needs some seasoning, but we think he’ll be playing significant minutes in Quebec this coming season”, said Biddle.

 

With the 34th overall pick, the Coyotes used their lone second round pick on 6’4”, 205 pound, 22-year old shooting guard Joshua Rollins out of UNLV. Rollins projects as an excellent shooter, especially from three-point range, while also showing the potential for a threatening mid-range jumper. Rollins also projects as an elite free throw shooter. Defensively, he projects to be average at best, but he has adequate quickness and conditioning and is likely an OBWL-ready prospect that can contribute on the court this coming season. “Joshua is OBWL-ready and we’re thrilled to add his shooting and passing ability to this roster. We’ve really put an emphasis on adding some shooters this offseason, and felt Rollins is a solid addition, so we’re excited to see how he’ll grow as we continue to re-tool”, said Biddle.

 

With the draft in the rear view mirror, the question will be how the Coyotes will utilize their $18.5 million+ in salary cap room.

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0 #1 Jason Warnke 2019-01-22 07:13
Sweet recap! I’m wondering what direction you go with that $18.5 million in cap space. Westhersby? Another young up and comer? Or a mix of solid players regardless of age to compete effectively out of the gate?
 

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