Charlotte Hornets add Leaky Black on two-way contract, sign Nathan Mensah

The Charlotte Hornets have continued to add to the roster in the aftermath of the 2023 NBA Draft. They have added UNC forward Leaky Black on a two-way contract.

It’s almost an annual tradition that at least one UNC player gets some sort of undrafted deal with the Hornets, whether it be with the big club or an invite to summer league. Feels like it’s been a bit since it’s happened though, so good to see the team returning to its root as Michael Jordan transitions away from his majority ownership stake.

Black is good at basketball though. He’s a defensive minded wing with a huge 7′ wingspan. He’s active defensively and generated 2.6 stocks per 40 minutes in his senior season at UNC. He’s a smart player offensively that makes good connecting passes and attacks when he has openings. The rest of his offense is a work in progress, but the jump shot is workable and he plays within himself, almost to an extreme degree.

The Hornets also added some more defensive upside with Nathan Mensah out of San Diego State, but the nature of his deal isn’t as clear at this point. I’m assuming it’s an Exhibit 10 deal, which is essentially a training camp deal that’ll result in Mensah playing for the Swarm.

As Sotto’s Tweet mentions, Mensah is a two time MWC defensive player of the year. He’s a prototypical rium protector and rim runner without much refinement on the offensive end of the floor. He got surprisingly few minutes at San Diego State for a player that won conference defensive player of the year, but he averaged 1.3 steals, 3.1 blocks, and 11.2 rebounds per 40 minutes.

Later Friday morning, the Hornets signed Eastern Washington guard Angelo Allegri to an Exhibit 10 deal, per John Chepkevich of DraftExpress.

Allegri spent three seasons at UNC Greensboro before finishing his college career with two years at Eastern Washington. He participated in the first publicized Hornets pre-draft workout of the cycle back on May 2, and clearly left a good impression. Plus, he’s already familiar with the Greensboro area.

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