Who is James Bouknight?

James David Bouknight is a well-known American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Bouknight previously played college basketball for the UConn Huskies.

James Bouknight Career

High school career

Bouknight played high school basketball at La Salle Academy in Manhattan, New York. He averaged 17.4 points per game, guiding his team to the New York Federation Class B state championship as a junior. Bouknight was named the tournament’s most valuable player (MVP) and received Catholic High School Athletic Association B Division MVP and New York State Sportswriters Association Class B Player of the Year accolades.

Following the season, he reclassified down and transferred to MacDuffie School in Granby, Massachusetts to gain more exposure. He averaged 19.3 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists per game in his reclassified junior season, prior to suffering a season-ending torn meniscus in his left knee. Following his recovery, Bouknight played for the PSA Cardinals together with Cole Anthony on the Amateur Athletic Union circuit. He then received All-New England Preparatory School Athletic Council AA honors as a senior.


He was a consensus four-star recruit and was considered the 53rd-best player in the 2019 class by 247Sports. Prior to his senior season, on September 18, 2018, Bouknight committed to play college basketball for UConn. He then chose the Huskies over offers from [ Indiana] and VCU, and many others.

College career

James was suspended for 3 games by UConn, on November 7, 2019, for allegedly fleeing a car crash on September 27. He had been charged with evading responsibility interfering with a police officer, traveling very fast for conditions, and operating a motor vehicle without a license. Bouknight then scored a freshman season-high 23 points in a 72-71 overtime victory against Cincinnati on February 9, 2020. In the second half and overtime, he scored 19 points and made 2 game-sealing free throws. After one day, he was named American Athletic Conference (AAC) Player of the Week. Bouknight had his first double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds in an 84-63 win against East Carolina on February 29. He then averaged 13 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game and was a Third Team All-AAC and All-Freshman Team pick as a freshman.

At the start of his sophomore season, he was named to the preseason John R. Wooden Award watch list. Bouknight then scored a career-high 40 points in a 76-74 overtime defeat to 9th-ranked Creighton, on December 20, 2020. He later suffered an elbow injury on January 5, 2021, against Marquette, and missed out on 8 games following undergoing surgery. Bouknight averaged 18.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, receiving First Team All-Big East honors as a sophomore. He then declared for the 2021 NBA Draft on March 31, forgoing the rest of his college eligibility.

A photo of James Bouknight
A photo of James Bouknight

How old is James Bouknight?

James David Bouknight is currently aged 22 having been born on September 18, 2020, in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. He shares his birthday with famous people including Aidan Gallagher, Alex Warren, Signa Mae, Jada Pinkett Smith, Nina Lu, James Marsden, John Sudeikis, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Lance Armstrong, and Ben Carson, among others.

James Bouknight Family

Who are James Bouknight’s parents?

James David Bouknight was born in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York to Patty Leo and John Bouknight. He has not shared much information about his parents and family with the media and the public.

Does James Bouknight have siblings?

Bouknight was born to his parents in a family of three children as the youngest. He has two older siblings, a brother and a sister, whose information is not available to the public.

James Bouknight Education

Bouknight attended middle school in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York City, where he played baseball and began playing basketball. He then joined La Salle Academy in Manhattan, New York, where he played high school basketball. Bouknight later transferred to MacDuffie School in Granby, Massachusetts to continue his basketball career and get more exposure. He then committed to play college basketball for UConn, where he joined in 2019 and played until 2021.

James Bouknight Interests

Bouknight is a sports personnel and was a great player of baseball for most of his childhood before starting to play basketball.

James Bouknight Girlfriend

Bouknight is currently single and has not been married in his life to date, and has also not been linked to any relationship. He has also kept his relationship status and information very private ad away from the limelight.

James Bouknight Kids

Bouknight does not have any children of his own to date as he is still single and has not been married or linked to any relationship.

James Bouknight Height

Bouknight has a well-built, athletic, and physically fit body adding up to an outstanding height of 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) and a weight of 86 kg (190 lbs).

Professional career

Charlotte Hornets (2021-present)

James was picked in the 2021 NBA draft with the 11th pick by the Charlotte Hornets. He then officially signed with the Hornets on August 3, 2021. On October 22, 2021, he made his NBA debut in a 123-112 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, getting just 1 rebound in a minute of playing time. Bouknight then scored his first NBA points in a 133-115 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves, scoring 2 free throws in 4 minutes on November 26, 2021. He later scored a career-high 24 points in a 124-123 victory against the Sacramento Kings on December 10, 2021. Before the 2022-23 NBA season, he changed his jersey number from No. 5 to No. 2.

Legal issues

James was arrested by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police for driving while intoxicated at around 1:51 a.m, on October 16, 2022. He was then found unconscious in a parking deck around 12:44 AM. During the time of his arrest, Bouknight had a 40MM gun and a Glock 23. Bouknight’s bond was set at $2,500, and he came back to practice the next day. Before the incident, he had many speeding and reckless driving offenses.

James Bouknight Net Worth

American professional basketball player, Bouknight plays for the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA and has been active from 2021 to the present. He receives an annual salary of $4.7 million and has amassed an estimated net worth of approximately $5 million as of 2022.

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