Boise State's Hutchison chooses 'first and original No. 15' with Bulls
Before he became the head coach of the Chicago Bulls, Fred Hoiberg faced a Leon Rice-led Boise State men's basketball team during the 2013 Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu.
Five years later, Hoiberg hasn't forgotten the Broncos' near upset of his then 14th-ranked Iowa State Cyclones.
Hoiberg credited Rice's system with helping to develop NBA rookie Chandler Hutchison, who the Bulls selected with the 22nd overall pick in the first round of last week's NBA Draft.
"He's got great length. He's got great feet, and he's got good anticipation," Hoiberg said Monday during an introductory press conference for Hutchison and fellow Bulls draft pick Wendell Carter Jr. "A lot of that comes from playing in a system in college for a coach that I'm as high on as anybody. I love what Leon Rice does."
Although Carter was the Bulls' highest draft selection at seventh overall, Hutchison fielded the first three questions at Monday's press conference. And Hoiberg said he was excited about the versatility of both players.
"As far as Chandler, the thing that impressed me most about his game was his ability to get the ball off the defensive glass and push it down the floor and facilitate offense," Hoiberg said. "I think he'll fit well with the way we want to play, with pace and with speed, getting our guys out running the wings. He had more coast-to-coast plays than I think anybody in this draft."
Hutchison also received his official Bulls jersey at the press conference. Just like he did at Boise State, Hutchison will wear the number 15.
"Fifteen was my first number that I ever wore, back since I can remember," Hutchison said.
Hutchison makes his professional debut with Chicago on Saturday, July 7, in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. The Bulls open against Cleveland at 7:30 p.m. MT at the Thomas & Mack Center, and the game will be broadcast on ESPN2.
"Being a rookie, there's going to be a lot of work that we have to do," Hutchison said. "I'm just willing to do whatever it takes to see the floor and continue to show what I can do."