GET TO KNOW 2017 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS – Kyle Kuzma


Age: 21
Position: PF
College: Utah, Junior

Measurables
Height w/o Shoes: 6’8”
Height w/ Shoes: 6’9 ½”
Weight: 223
Wingspan: 7’0 ¼”
Standing Reach: 8’11 ½”
Max Vertical: 34”
(Via Draft Express)

College Statistics (2016/2017)
MPG: 31.2
PPG: 16.3
RPG: 9.0
ASTPG: 2.4
BLKPG: 0.5
FT%: 66.9%
2-PT FG%: 55.7%
3-PT FG%: 32.1%

2017 Big Board Ranking
Kevin O’Connor: 45
Chad Ford: 49
Draft Express: 42
Sports Illustrated: 40
CBS Sports: 61

Best-Case Scenario: Lamar Odom, Jeff Green, The Morris Twins

3 Things to Know
1. Great potential offensive versatility
2. Will need to become more consistent shooter
3. Needs to improve physicality and decision-making

Strengths
Runs the floor well in transition
Spaces floor well and makes himself available off the ball
Quick to the ball and can rebound in a crowd
Agility and feet allow him to play good defense on switches
Shifty ball handler for his size
Quick release allows clean looks versus contest
Potential pick and pop threat
Attacks closeouts at the rim or with a floater
Quick first step in face ups
Can finish with both hands
Good court vision leading the break

Weaknesses
Needs to get stronger
Improve physicality and holding ground in the post
Tends to hug his man. Needs to rotate better in help
Needs to improve technique and intensity on defense (Get lower)
Needs to improve decision making
Sometimes forces shots early in the shot clock
Needs to become a more consistent shooter
Improve shooting off of the dribble
Ability to finish in the post is a question mark

Summary
Kyle Kuzma’s variety of skills makes him an interesting prospect in this year’s draft. The 4-star recruit out of Flint, Michigan decided to forego his senior season at Utah after 3 years of steady improvement. Kuzma has multiple ways to score in his offensive arsenal from the ability to finish in a crowd at the rim, to using his soft touch on floaters, or knocking down jumpers and 3 pointers. He also showed his above average ball-handling and court vision, which allows him to lead breaks up the floor. While Kuzma has good offensive upside, he’ll need to become a more consistent shooter in the NBA. He has the potential to become a shooting threat with a nice stroke and a quick release, but he did only shoot 32.1% from beyond the arc this season and wasn’t very effective off the dribble either. On defense, he could benefit from improving his stance and defensive technique by getting lower on the ball as well as rotating better in help. Improving his decision making will also help him limit silly turnovers. Kuzma has the potential to be a nice threat off of the bench, so look for him to be selected sometime in the 2nd round.

Draft reports compiled by Garrett Furubayashi and Leif Thulin

GET TO KNOW 2017 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS- Edrice “Bam” Adebayo


Age: 19
Position: C
College: Kentucky, Freshman

Measurables
Height w/o Shoes: 6’8 ¾”
Height w/ Shoes: 6’9 ¾”
Weight: 243
Wingspan: 7’2 ¾”
Standing Reach: 9’0”
Max Vertical: 38.5”
(Via Draft Express)

College Statistics (2016/2017)
MPG: 30.1
PPG: 13.0
RPG: 8.0
ASTPG: 0.8
BLKPG: 1.5
FT%: 65.3%
2-PT FG%: 60.1%
(Did not attempt a 3-PT shot)

2017 Big Board Ranking
Kevin O’Connor: 27
Chad Ford: 23
Draft Express: 37
Sports Illustrated: 26
CBS Sports: 29

Best-Case Scenario, Bismack Biyombo, Montrezl Harrell

3 Things to Know
1. Fluid and nimble but strong at the same time
2. Needs to add versatility on offense (Potential mid-range game)
3. Will benefit from learning and gaining more experience

Strengths
Excellent rim runner
Light on his feet and very bouncy athlete (Lob target)
Uses strong body to create space in the post (Loves to dunk)
Good instincts at the rim on putback dunks
Uses body to get rebounds
At times has a good motor and aggression for the ball
Slides his feet and can defend perimeter 4s
Fluid enough to stay with quicker and smaller 4s
Active feet on defense
Covers ground and passing lanes well
Potential to be a great rim protector
Potentially develop into a mid-range threat

Weaknesses
Limited face-up game
Uncomfortable in the high post
Needs to improve touch off of jump hook
Will need to improve using his left hand
Struggles with guards digging down
Needs to improve court vision
Needs to learn more concepts and fundamentals on defense
Could stand to become even more physical on defense
Bites on fakes and needs to improve his focus
Tends to stand and watch at times when rebounding
Will need to rely on motor and technique on defense and rebounding

Summary
Edrice “Bam” Adebayo is an intriguing 19-year-old prospect from the University of Kentucky. Adebayo is an extremely athletic big man who is light on his feet with a good amount of bounce that allows him to be an excellent rim runner and dunker. His quick feet allow him to be disruptive on defense with his good lateral footwork defending quicker guards on switches and his long arms disrupting passing lanes. Adebayo uses his body well when rebounding along with a good motor and aggressiveness when fighting off the glass. He’ll need to add some versatility to his offensive game by adding a jump shot to be a threat in face ups as well as some touch on his jump hooks. He also needs to improve his toughness and focus like playing through the chaos of being double-teamed in the post or guards digging down on him on the block. On defense, he’ll need to improve his technique and understanding of defensive concepts. Overall, Adebayo will benefit from watching and learning from NBA coaches who will help him gain experience and wisdom especially on the defensive side of the ball. Adebayo should be drafted towards the middle or late 1st round of the draft.

Draft reports compiled by Garrett Furubayashi and Leif Thulin

GET TO KNOW 2017 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS – Frank Jackson


Age: 19
Position: SG
College: Duke, Freshman

Measurables
Height w/o Shoes: 6’2”
Height w/ Shoes: 6’3 ½”
Weight: 202
Wingspan: 6’7 ½”
Standing Reach: 8’2”
Max Vertical: 42”
(Via Draft Express)

College Statistics (2016/2017)
MPG: 24.9
PPG: 10.9
RPG: 2.5
STLPG: 0.6
APG: 1.7
FT%: 75.5%
2-PT FG%: 53.9%
3-PT FG%: 39.5%

2017 Big Board Ranking
Kevin O’Connor: 38
Chad Ford: 27
Draft Express: 41
Sports Illustrated: 32
CBS Sports: 47

Best-Case Scenario, Austin Rivers, Jerryd Bayless

3 Things to Know
1. Extremely athletic with a ton of bounce
2. Good offensive potential (Especially off the drive)
3. Needs to improve awareness and containment on defense

Strengths
Explosive first step from triple threat
Bouncy and explosive athlete
Absorbs contact well at the rim
Length helps him be disruptive in the paint on defense
Great in transition and early in the shot clock
Rejects pick and roll well with a great cross-over
Changes speeds on switches with bigs
Good touch and finesse on floaters
Good shooting mechanics and rhythm
Good instincts to make himself available off the ball
Good footwork in pull up game

Weaknesses
Struggles to get team into offensive sets
Needs to improve handling ball pressure
Tends to force the issue. Needs to improve decision making
Struggles to execute passing at times
Needs to become more shifty going east-west
Limited to only defending 1s
Struggles to contain quicker and more explosive PGs
Needs to improve awareness on defense

Summary
Frank Jackson’s journey to the NBA is almost complete. The local star out of Lone Peak high school committed to Duke University as a 5-star recruit to play under legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski, and after one collegiate season decided to enter the 2017 NBA Draft. Jackson is an incredible athlete with an explosive first step and incredible bounce that allows him to drive to the rim and throw down powerful dunks. He also offers some versatility on offense by either using his soft touch on floaters or his good shooting mechanics to knock down jumpers. Off the ball, he’s able to space the floor well so that he’s always ready to catch and shoot. While Jackson is a force on offense, he struggles with some of the traditional duties of a true point guard like handling ball pressure coming up the court and setting up offensive sets. He also needs to improve his decision-making by slowing down on offense and working on his execution. On the defensive side, his length limits his ability to guard 2s so he’ll need to improve his lateral quickness to contain the faster and more explosive point guards. Jackson needs more time to learn and develop, but he offers a lot of potential for whatever team drafts him. He should be selected from anywhere in the late 1st round to the middle of the 2nd round.

Draft reports compiled by Garrett Furubayashi and Leif Thulin

GET TO KNOW 2017 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS – Dillon Brooks


Age: 21
Position: SF
College: Oregon, Junior

Measurables
Height w/o Shoes: 6’5”
Height w/ Shoes: 6’6”
Weight: 220
Wingspan: 6’6”
Standing Reach: 8’4½”
Max Vertical: 37.5”
(Via Draft Express)

College Statistics (2016/2017)
MPG: 25.5
PPG: 16.0
RPG: 3.3
STLPG: 1.1
APG: 2.7
FT%: 74.4%
2-PT FG%: 52.6%
3-PT FG%: 40.4%

2017 Big Board Ranking
Kevin O’Connor: 65
Chad Ford: 45
Draft Express: 52
Sports Illustrated: 65
CBS Sports: 50

3 Things to Know
1. Threat on offense
2. Must improve his defense and decision making
3. Confident and unafraid

Strengths
Physical player and absorbs contact well
Strong body and frame covers lack of length
Can space the floor well and always ready to catch and shoot
Good shooting mechanics
Trail 3 threat
Can rise up out of “hang” dribble
Good jab step sets up step-back
Attacks closeouts hard
Physical finisher around the rim
Also has decent touch from the mid-post
Great passing vision
Confident
Not afraid of the moment. Clutch performer

Weaknesses
Hard time finishing in crowd of bigger players
Lacks lateral quickness and ability to contain quicker guards
As a stretch 4 in small ball lineup, has a hard time guarding bigger 4s
Predictable head down straight line driver in ISOs
Throws up careless shots when he can’t get to the rim
Needs to improve ball handling and change of direction
Heavy ISO mentality
Questionable shot selection
Can he play good man defense?
Bad vision in help defense
Inconsistent box out efforts

Summary
The 2017 Pac 12 player of the year decided to forego his senior season and enter the NBA draft. Brooks dominated the college scene with his attitude and aggressiveness to help Oregon reach the Elite Eight and Final Four in back to back years. Brooks has a versatile offensive game where he can shoot the lights out with a good percentage beyond the arc, or he’ll use his physicality to attacks closeout hard by driving and finishing at the rim. His balance and shooting mechanics give him good range along with his smooth step-back out of a jab step, which allows him to create space. Perhaps Brooks’ biggest strength is his mentality and confidence. He’s never afraid of the moment and always wants the ball when the lights are the brightest like in his two notable game winners at Cal and at #2 UCLA. Brooks sometimes has difficulty playing against bigger 4s on both offensive and defense. On offense, he tends to sometimes make poor decisions by taking careless shots when he isn’t able to bully his way to the rim. On defense, he can’t contain the guys who are built taller and bigger than him, and he also has a problem defending quicker guards. Since Oregon played a lot of zone, some scouts question whether Brooks is a capable man defender, but even in a zone defense there were times when he was caught napping in the helpside position. Overall Brooks has a tremendous offensive game that comes with its fair share of question marks on the defensive side, but look for Brooks to be drafted sometime in the 2nd round.

GET TO KNOW 2017 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS – Isaiah Hartenstein


Age: 19
Position: C
College: N/A

Measurables
Height w/o shoes: N/A
Height w/ shoes: 7’1.25”
Weight: 250 lbs
Wingspan: 7’2.25”
Standing reach: 9’1”
No Step Vert 25.5”
Max Vertical: N/A
Via DraftExpress

2016-2017 Stats
MPG: 3.2
PPG: 1.0
RPG: 0.8
BLKPG: 0.0
STLPG: 0.0
APG: 0.2
FT%: 100%
2-PT FG%: 66.7%
3-PT FG%: 0%
Via Draft Express

2017 Big Board Ranking
Kevin O’Connor: 42
Chad Ford: 29
Draft Express: 23
Sports Illustrated: 31
CBS Sports: 32

3 Things to Know
1. His NBA career hinges on how dependable a shooter he becomes due to his average athleticism.
2. He projects as a backup big who has the potential to stretch the floor and clog the paint but not dominant on either end.
3. Hartenstein’s playmaking ability and potential to be a knockdown shooter shines through his many other mediocre qualities athletically and defensively making him an intriguing prospect for teams who are in need for a role playing big for the present and future with time to grow.

Strengths
Fluid ball handler.
Dribbling ability allows him to be threat attacking poor closeouts and finishing at the rim if he develops as a shooter.
Projects as a strong shooter for his size
Very good vision.
Aggressive playmaker
Nose for the ball.
Aggressive rebounder.
Good putback rebounder.

Weaknesses
Only average athleticism and length.
Plays below the rim.
Not a rim protector
Doesn’t play up to his size and stature due to poor posture and only decent athleticism.
Subpar foot speed.
Weak perimeter defender.
Inconsistent shooter at this point with odd rotation on his shot but definitely has room and fluidity needed to improve if he can improve his fundamentals.
His NBA career could be dependent on how his shot improves as he doesn’t bring shot blocking or very a refined offensive repertoire

Summary
Isaiah Hartenstein is a young big man with huge potential as he is already skilled and quite fluid. As a 19-year-old playing professionally in Europe, he received limited minutes, but demonstrated skills and touch beyond his years. Although he is young and could develop, he has not demonstrated elite athleticism. Along with not possessing elite athleticism, he lacks amazing length as well as a developed body. These qualities lacking, he projects to be a subpar defender, as he is neither a rim protector nor a man capable of defending on the perimeter. Due to these limitations, and not playing significant minutes in Europe, he seems destined to be picked based on aspirations on what he could be rather than what he already is as a player. Overall, his lack of playing time and full development may make him fall in the draft, yet could produce a steal once he develops further physically and as a player. He projects to be a late first round pick or early second round pick.

Draft reports compiled by Garrett Furubayashi and Leif Thulin

GET TO KNOW 2017 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS – Tyler Lydon


Age: 21
Position: PF
College: Syracuse, Sophomore

Measurables
Height w/o Shoes: 6’8.25”
Height w/ Shoes: 6’9.5”
Weight: 215 lbs
Wingspan: 7’0”
Standing reach: 8’11.5”
Max Vertical: 33.5”
Via DraftExpress

College Statistics (Sophomore year)
MPG: 36.1
PPG: 13.2
RPG: 8.6
BLKPG: 1.4
STLPG: 1.0
APG: 2.1
FT%: 83.6%
2-PT FG%: 52.3%
3-PT FG%: 39.2%
Via Draft Express

Best Case Comparison: Donyell Marshall, Raef LaFrentz, Brian Scalabrine

2017 Big Board Ranking
Kevin O’Connor: 52
Chad Ford: 34
Draft Express: 24
Sports Illustrated: 41
CBS Sports: 33

3 Things To Know
1. Lydon must strengthen his body in order to contribute at the NBA level, where he is unlikely to be protected by a 2-3 zone like he was at Syracuse.
2. Lydon’s shooting touch shows his potential to be a valuable stretch 4.
3. Lydon’s sticking in the NBA will depend on his ability to improve physically, allowing him to be a reliable defender against bigger players as he does have average quickness but needs to bulk up. He also must continue to improve his range as his biggest strength is the ability to shoot compared to other prospects his size.

Strengths
Solid shooter
Easy transition to NBA range
Quick trigger and high release
Excellent footwork when preparing to shoot on the move
Looks to have pick and pop potential
Stretch four fit
Ambidextrous around the cup
Soft Touch, allowing him to be good finisher if he bulks up
Intelligent cutter who has the ability to finish above the rim
Intelligent passer

Weaknesses
Only an average rebounder
Not a shot blocker outside of Syracuse’s patented 2-3 zone
Lacks size and strength to defend NBA big men
Not quick enough to guard wings
Average frame and athleticism
Limited defensive upside
Slow first step causing more difficult shots such as floaters instead of dunks and layups
Lacks fluidity when shooting off of the dribble.
Does not effectively create space.

Summary
Tyler Lydon is an intriguing prospect as a potential forward benefiting from the NBA’s shift towards shooting more threes and employing smaller lineups more frequently. Lydon, a 6’9.5” 215 forward who attended Syracuse specialized as a big man who could really shoot the ball from downtown. Lydon was never extremely heavily recruited, yet he began turning heads by starring as a freshman in Syracuse’s run to the Final Four in 2016. The main advantage of Lydon attending Syracuse in terms of his draft stock may have come in the form of eliminating him from playing perimeter defense as they play their trademark 2-3 zone defense. However, Lydon’s upside as a shooter may be limited by his unknown and potentially weak defensive abilities. He demonstrated an ability to shoot the three well in college, alluring to many teams in need of a pick and pop type player, shooting spot-up threes from the 4 position, rather than clogging up the lane as traditional big men have done for years. Lydon also has the ability to rebound well for having a smaller frame and not being a freak athlete, assuring the teams of his physicality along with his silky touch from the outside. In summary, Lydon projects to be an end of first round pick to the middle of the second round selection that has the potential to contribute as a role player immediately and potentially develop into a very valuable player further in his career, specializing as a floor spacer.

Draft reports compiled by Garrett Furubayashi and Leif Thulin

GET TO KNOW 2017 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS – Caleb Swanigan


Age: 20
Position: PF
College: Purdue, Sophomore

Measurables
Height w/o Shoes: 6’7.5”
Height w/ Shoes: 6’8.5”
Weight: 246 lbs
Wingspan: 7’3”
Standing Reach: 9’0”
Max Vertical: N/A
Via DraftExpress

College Statistics (Sophomore year)
MPG: 32.5
PPG: 18.5
RPG: 12.5
BLKPG: 0.8
APG: 3.0
FT%: 78.1%
2-PT FG%: 54.8%
3-PT FG%: 44.7%
Via Draft Express

Best case Comparison: Brandon Bass, Jason Maxiell, Jared Sullinger

2017 Big Board Ranking
Kevin O’Connor: 31
Chad Ford: 32
Draft Express: 34
Sports Illustrated: 30
CBS Sports: 22

3 Things to Know
1. Swanigan has the capacity to use his wide frame on the inside or the outside due to an excellent shooting touch, which he demonstrated with a 45% three-point percentage.
2. His lack of explosiveness costs him defensively, forcing him to be exceptional on rotations in order to be a serviceable defender.
3. His NBA success may depend on his ability to shoot the three in the NBA as a stretch four.

Strengths
Establishes deep position
Aggressive finisher
Strong finisher w/ both hands
Good feel on the court, both near the rim and further away.
Great rebounder, attacks ball with strong hands
Strong box out with a nose for the ball
Very good shooter, both in pick and pop and spot up situations.
Improved conditioning, allowing more consistent productivity.
Versatile scorer. Uses frame to his advantage.
Excellent passer and post facilitator.

Weaknesses
Not an explosive athlete.
Often is stripped when attacking the rim due to loading ball before dunking.
Lateral speed makes him liable to being beat off of the dribble especially in pick and roll
Does not slide feet well.
Clunky ball handler when attacking from outside
Always spins back right
Struggles shooting off of the dribble.

Summary
Caleb Swanigan is a very powerful player with exceptional touch and shooting ability that has been limited by his lack of elite athleticism. Swanigan was a highly touted prospect after battling through weight issues as a teenager, weighing as much as 360 pounds due to poor financial and living situations, became a first-team All-American as a sophomore. Swanigan initially committed to Michigan State but elected to play for Matt Painter and Purdue in order to stay closer to his home in Indianapolis and allowing him to maintain his strict diet more easily by living in apartments rather than having access to buffets like he would at Michigan State. Swanigan progressed as a player as he got in better shape, weighing in at 246 pounds at the NBA combine, maintaining his strong frame while becoming lighter on his feet. This allowed him to excel from the perimeter and in the post, bullying smaller players down low and shooting extraordinarily well from the perimeter. He brings his unique ability to dominate inside and out to the NBA. His success may hinge upon how well he shoots the NBA three playing the stretch four or five positions on offense and using his big body to rebound effectively. However, Swanigan may struggle defensively in the NBA more than he did at Purdue because of the amount of ball screen action and the consistent athleticism of the guards and bigs he will have to manage in ball screen defenses. Overall, Swanigan brings excellent feel and rebounding to the table, but due to his athletic limitation, mainly defensively, he may slip in the draft to a late first round, early second round selection, providing excellent value to whatever team selects him.

Draft reports compiled by Garrett Furubayashi and Leif Thulin

GET TO KNOW 2017 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS – Jawun Evans


Age: 20
Position: PG
College: Oklahoma State, Sophomore

Measurables
Height w/o Shoes: 5’10.75”
Height w/ Shoes: 5’11.5”
Weight: 185 lbs
Wingspan: 6’5.5”
Standing reach: 7’11”
Max Vertical: 33.5”
Via DraftExpress

College Statistics (Sophomore year)
MPG: 29.3
PPG: 19.0
RPG: 3.4
BLKPG: 0.1
STLPG: 1.7
APG: 6.5
FT%: 80.6%
2-PT FG%: 45.6%
3-PT FG%: 37.6 %
Via Draft Express

Best Case Comparison: Speedy Claxton, Kenny Smith, D.J. Augustin

2017 Big Board Ranking
Kevin O’Connor: 25
Chad Ford: 30
Draft Express: 27
Sports Illustrated: 35
CBS Sports: 30

3 Things To Know
1. Evans possesses top notch speed and long arms allowing him to be a solid defender, even though he lacks height. This could help him carve out a role as a role-playing guard with potential to facilitate an offense.
2. Evans has the unique ability to get to the rim at will with his speed, and the pick and role oriented NBA should only help him become a better facilitator, as his already solid decision making should improve with time.
3. Evans’ career success could hinge on his ability to improve his range and if his smaller stature can be resolved as an issue by his excellent speed.

Strengths
Exceptional speed.
Gets to top speed very quickly.
Beats defenders with first step.
Potential as an iso player if he improves his handles.
Solid pick and roll player with upside.
Good recognition and decision making on how to attack in pick and roll situations.
Has ability to finish in many ways. (Solid Jumper, Good finisher with a very good floater.)
Quick release when shooting off of the dribble
Good range especially on stop and pop.
Good power on passes
Very good at pushing ball ahead on transition.
Tends to make right decisions on where to pass the ball especially in pick and roll.
Pesky defender.
Very good at fighting around screens.
Crashes the boards hard and is a successful rebounder for his size.
Puts solid pressure on the ball as a defender, utilizing his long arms and excellent speed to his advantage.

Weaknesses
Undersized, and only average explosiveness in a position where he needs top tier athleticism. (Vertical of only 33.5” limits him.)
Sometimes struggles to convert around the rim.
Must improve his off hand.
He turns the ball over more than he should, and must cut down on preventable errors such as losing the ball on crossovers.
Must tighten up his handle as well as improve his passing with his off hand.
Even with good mechanics, Evans misses right and left suggesting there may be an issue with his release.
Evans has limited range on his three even though he looks comfortable shooting from a distance.

Summary
Juwan Evans is a speedy guard with playmaking ability and a good shot, who is only limited by his size, and projects to be a late first round pick with upside. Evans developed into a star in a talented conference by averaging 19 points, 6.5 assists, and shooting 81 percent from the line. Evans stands out on tape, after being relatively lightly recruited, because of his astounding speed and knack for getting to the basket. With Evans’ speed, he creates well for others when attacking, especially when reading pick and roll situations. If Evans can tighten his handles, his speed, and his decision making, he could see major NBA success, especially with the faster pace lay in the NBA catering to Evans’ game. However, Evans may struggle with the length and physicality of NBA guards due to his own smaller stature of sub six feet tall and 185 pounds. Overall, Evans’ success in the NBA may depend on the team that selects him and how they use him and his speed in the NBA’s faster pace as well as how much he improves his jumpshot by adapting to the NBA three point line.

Draft Reports compiled by Garrett Furubayashi and Leif Thulin