GET TO KNOW 2017 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS – Donovan Mitchell


Age: 20
Position: SG
College: Louisville

Measurables
Height w/o Shoes: 6’1.25”
Height w/ Shoes: 6’3”
Weight: 211 lbs
Wingspan: 6’10”
Standing Reach: 8’1”
Max Vertical: 40.5”
Via DraftExpress

College Statistics (Sophomore year)
MPG: 32.3
PPG: 15.6
RPG: 4.9
BLKPG: 0.5
STLPG: 2.1
APG: 2.7
FT%: 80.6%
2-PT FG%: 46.3%
3-PT FG%: 35.4%
Via Draft Express

Best Case Comparison: Avery Bradley, Norman Powell, Gary Harris

2017 Big Board Ranking
Kevin O’Connor: 11
Chad Ford: 15
Draft Express: 11
Sports Illustrated: 13
CBS Sports: 18

3 Things to Know
1. Mitchell’s success may hinge on his ability to shoot the NBA three, as he is not a natural fit as a prototypical 2 guard or has the handling ability to play point guard.
2. His defensive ability due to explosive athleticism and length could lend him minutes as a 3 and d type player at the next level.
3. He has the ability to slash and create for others around the rim, and if he can improve his range as a shooter and ball-handler, he can carve out an impactful role as a pro.

Strengths
Elite defensive potential.
Aggressive and very versatile
Great rebounder from the guard position
Plays fearlessly
Potential as a playmaker, especially in pick and roll
Good vision and decision making
Explosive leaper
Lob threat as well as strong finisher both as dunker when space granted and finishes well with both hands.
Improving shooter with NBA range.
Tough shot maker and does well as off of the dribble jump shooter.
Improved ball handler.
Great change of pace.
Very quick first step.

Weaknesses
Lacks defensive awareness
Struggles with defensive positioning
Unrefined fundamentals
Undefined position at next level
Undersized 2 guard and not the ball handler or passer required of point guard
Plays recklessly.
Forces shots at the rim.
Does not finish through contact well
Streaky, inconsistent shooter.
Shoots early shots in the clock that aren’t necessarily smart or easy shots.

Summary
Donovan Mitchell was a talented 2 sport athlete in high school, eventually choosing basketball over baseball when he transferred to a more well-known school for basketball (Brewster Academy). After transferring to Brewster, he was noticed by Louisville coach, Rick Pitino and Mitchell became a recipient of a scholarship offer from Louisville. He attended Louisville and gradually became a bigger contributor as his freshman season went along. He averaged 7.4 points, 1.7 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game as a freshman, and the following year embraced a leading role on a very good Louisville team, averaging 15.6 points, 2.7 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game as a sophomore. Mitchell grew as a player in many areas, using his absurd athleticism to score and create, throwing down many thunderous dunks. Mitchell demonstrated a fluid stroke, shooting a solid percentage from both the free throw line and from the three point line. Mitchell said himself in an interview following NBA workouts that he would like to be a more consistent three-point shooter, as he was incredibly streaky on the season, proving he can really stroke it but still having inexplicable cold streaks. The Louisville guard could pose as a defensive specialist with his elite athleticism and length if he can improve his awareness. He projects as a late lottery to mid-first round draft pick, bringing to the team that selects him an assertive scorer with huge defensive upside, with the ability to defend both guard spots. If he were to fall, many would believe the reason to be that he doesn’t fit the mold precisely for any particular position, however his athleticism and versatility should keep him in the late lottery, projecting to help a team both immediately and in the long-term with his willingness to do what is right for the team, and unique ability to score in many facets of the game.

Draft reports compiled by Garrett Furubayashi and Leif Thulin

GET TO KNOW 2017 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS – Tony Bradley


Age: 19
Position: C
College: North Carolina, Freshman

Measurables
Height w/o Shoes: 6’9 ¼”
Height w/ Shoes: 6’10 ¾”
Weight: 249
Wingspan: 7’5 ”
Standing Reach: 9’4 ½”
Max Vertical: 27.5”
(Via Draft Express)

College Statistics (2016/17 Season)
MPG: 14.5
PPG: 6.9
RPG: 5.1
BLKPG: 0.6
APG: 0.6
FT%: 61.6%
2-PT FG%: 56.4%
(Did not attempt a 3-PT shot)

Best Case Comparison: Bigger Taj Gibson, Jakob Poeltl

2017 Big Board Ranking
Kevin O’Connor: 37
Chad Ford: 22
Draft Express: 40
Sports Illustrated: 34
CBS Sports: 44

3 Things to Know
1. Excellent rebounding fundamentals and energy
2. Needs to improve his offensive arsenal
3. Is he ready for the NBA?

Strengths
Not afraid of contact in rebounding and on offense
Good rebounding fundamentals
High basketball IQ
Plays good perimeter defense
Great out of the pick and roll
Soft hands with touch
Good shooting mechanics
Can run the floor

Weaknesses
Needs to slow down at times
Would benefit from developing a variety of post moves
Over aggressive at times
Needs to speed up his shooting mechanics
Lacks explosiveness
Not a rim protector
Lacks experience

Summary
Tony Bradley surprised a number of people with his decision to stay in the draft after just one season at the University of North Carolina. Nevertheless, Bradley showed his fearlessness and ability to play through contact on offense along with a high basketball IQ with his decision making ability out of the pick and roll. His excellent rebounding fundamentals and ability to run the floor also make it easy to see why he’s impressed some scouts. Aside from his undeniable potential, Bradley has a few things to work on before he can become a great NBA player. He needs to improve his offensive game, specifically speeding up some of his shooting mechanics, especially since he’s trying to add a mid-range game. He’s too predictable at times down in the post and needs to add a better variety of post moves. Bradley would also benefit from slowing down at times in order to make better decision and not commit silly fouls. Overall, Bradley is still young and raw, which makes some scouts question his decision to enter this year’s draft instead of returning to Chapel Hill. However, Bradley still has a ton of potential to develop over the coming years, and he should be drafted anywhere from late in the 1st round to early in the 2nd.

Draft reports compiled by Garrett Furubayashi and Leif Thulin

GET TO KNOW 2017 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS – Anzejs Pasecniks


Age: 21
Position: C
Last Team: Gran Canaria, International
Hometown: Riga, Latvia

Measurables
Height: 7’2”
Weight: 229
Wingspan: N/A
(Via Draft Express)

Statistics (2016/17 Season)
MPG: 16.5
PPG: 7.8
RPG: 3.1
BLKPG: 0.7
APG: 0.3
FT%: 62.0%
2-PT FG%: 66.2%
3-PT FG%: 58.3%

Best Case Comparison: Salah Mejri, Willy Hernangomez

2017 Big Board Ranking
Kevin O’Connor: 39
Chad Ford: 26
Draft Express: 30
Sports Illustrated: 27
CBS Sports: 65

3 Things to Know
1. Will benefit from learning and developing fundamentals in the NBA
2. Very mobile for a big man
3. Needs to increase physicality and toughness

Strengths
Moves well out of the pick and roll
Good hands and very fluid athlete
Has the ability to finish inside with either hand
Has soft touch
Mobility at the 5 position
Shooting range has major upside
Good ball handler with potential to drive to the rim

Weaknesses
Needs to get physically and mentally tougher
Avoids contact at the rim
Bites on ball fakes
Ball watches rather than finding a body when rebounding
Needs to speed up shooting mechanics
Needs to increase awareness and feel for the game
Needs to work on defensive fundamentals

Summary
Anzejs Pasecniks is an international prospect from Riga, Latvia standing 7’2” tall and weighing in at 229 lb. Pasechnik is intriguing scouts with his incredible mobility and fluidity for such a large frame with soft hands and the ability to handle the ball well. Pasecniks has also shown the ability to finish with either hand at the rim. He’s shown good range shooting the basketball with potential major upside if he can speed up his mechanics. He would benefit from adding more strength in order to hang with the more physical big men at his position. Coming over to America will allow him to work on some of the fundamentals of defense and rebounding. The potential is clearly there for Pasecniks as he has all the tools to become a weapon at the 5, but he will be a work in progress for whatever team drafts him. Look for Pasecniks to be selected anywhere from 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 – Harry Giles


Age: 19
Position: C
College: Duke, Freshman

Measurables
Height w/o Shoes: 6’9 ¼”
Height w/ Shoes: 6’10 ½”
Weight: 232
Wingspan: 7’3 ¼ ”
Standing Reach: 9’1 ½”
Max Vertical: 32.5”
(Via Draft Express)

College Statistics (2016/17 Season)
MPG: 11.5
PPG: 3.9
RPG: 3.8
BLKPG: 0.7
APG: 0.3
FT%: 50.0%
2-PT FG%: 57.7%
(Never attempted a 3-PT shot in his 26 college games)
(Only played in 26 total games due to injury)

Best Case Comparison: Amar’e Stoudemire, Julius Randle, Darrell Arthur

2017 Big Board Ranking
Kevin O’Connor: 20
Chad Ford: 12
Draft Express: 33
Sports Illustrated: 15
CBS Sports: 16

3 Things to Know
1. Very quick and agile for a big man
2. Needs to improve his decision making and awareness
3. Injuries have limited his career and growth

Strengths
Can get up the floor quickly in transition
Light on his feet for a big man
Uses length to protect the rim and quickness to guard the perimeter
Quick hands on defense
Makes multiple efforts near the basket (Physical and aggressive)
Elite offensive rebounder (Comfortable in a congested area)
Reads the ball well off of the rim
Great box out and pursuit
Strong hands and ability to high point the ball when rebounding

Weaknesses
Limited mid-range game
Needs to improve handles and footwork
Needs to improve decision making
Needs more consistent touch with jump hooks
Keeps his head down limiting his vision
Needs to slow down at times (Wait for the ball before going up)
Handsy in one on one situations leading to avoidable fouls
More of a 5 in today’s NBA but better versus 4s. Overpowered at times
Pushed around inside at times for rebounds
Injury prone (Injuries with knees have limited him)

Summary
Harry Giles was a highly regarded prospect coming out of the basketball powerhouse high school Oak Hill Academy. He elected to attend Duke University where he suffered a knee injury to begin his career this past fall and missed the first 11 games of the season. Giles is an extremely agile big man who is light on his feet and has the ability to run the floor. His agility also allows him to stay in front of quicker guards on switches and around the perimeter. He’s got a great motor on the glass showing his physicality and that he’s unaffected by traffic in the paint. His motor also allows him to make multiple efforts in rebounding especially on the offensive glass. He’ll need to add some versatility to his offensive game by adding a consistent jumper as well as working on his handles and footwork. Giles would also benefit from slowing down and keeping his head up in order to play smarter basketball. The better decision making would also help on the defensive side with some of his careless and handsy fouls. The injury history may be the biggest concern overall as he’s had multiple knee problems over the past few years, but if Giles can stay on the court he has the potential to turn into a real star in the NBA. Look for him to be drafted in the middle of the 1st round.

Draft reports compiled by Garrett Furubayashi and Leif Thulin

GET TO KNOW 2017 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS – Ivan Rabb


Age: 20
Position: PF/C
College: Cal, Sophomore

Measurables
Height w/o Shoes: 6’8 ¾”
Height w/ Shoes: 6’10”
Weight: 220
Wingspan: 7’1 ½ ”
Standing Reach: 9’1”
Max Vertical: 32.5”
(Via Draft Express)

College Statistics (2016/17 Season)
MPG: 32.7
PPG: 14.0
RPG: 10.5
BLKPG: 1.0
APG: 1.5
FT%: 66.3%
2-PT FG%: 49.0%
3-PT FG%: 40.0%

Best Case Comparison: Andrew Nicholson, Ed Davis

2017 Big Board Ranking
Kevin O’Connor: 33
Chad Ford: 24
Draft Express: 25
Sports Illustrated: 29
CBS Sports: 26

3 Things to Know
1. Excellent rebounding fundamentals with a ton of potential
2. Needs to work shooting fundamentals and developing a jumper
3. Needs to add more strength in order to play more physical

Strengths
Runs the floor well
Great dive movement out of the pick and roll
Great hands and reach help in rebounding
Showed physicality and ability to attack the rim in rebounding
Finds a man before the ball when rebounding
Flashes of a decent face-up game in mid range
Light on his feet in tight spaces
Good defensive recognition
Good court awareness (Especially of double-teams)
Matured during extra year at Cal

Weaknesses
Not a threat in the pick and pop game
Flat shot trajectory (Poor mechanics)
Not fluid enough to create off the dribble
Struggles to score on bigger and more elite big men
Relies on fadeaways in uncomfortable spots down low
Lack of bounce hurts his finishing in traffic
Struggles with perimeter defense
Struggles with lateral quickness in switching situations off of pick and rolls
Needs to add strength and physicality on both defense and offense

Summary
Ivan Rabb’s path to the NBA is almost complete. He was a highly touted prospect out of Bishop O’Dowd high school in Oakland who opted to stay close to home at the University of California. His freshman year started whispers of the 1st round had he decided to enter the draft in 2016, but he instead opted to return to Berkeley for his sophomore year. While his sophomore campaign didn’t help his draft stock much, Rabb is still considered an elite rebounder who uses his physical measurements along with excellent fundamentals who pulled down 10.5 RPG this past season. He’ll need to work on more ways to score on offense especially by developing a consistent jumper to expand his game. He understands defensive concepts well, but he needs to work on his lateral quickness on switching situations as well as his overall defense on the perimeter. Overall, if Rabb can bulk up his frame and add more strength, his offensive game, as well as his defense, should significantly improve. Look for Rabb to be selected towards the latter half of the 1st round.

Draft reports compiled by Garrett Furubayashi and Leif Thulin

GET TO KNOW 2017 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS – Derrick White


Age: 22
Position: PG/SG
College: Colorado, Senior

Measurables
Height w/o Shoes: 6’3 ¼”
Height w/ Shoes: 6’4 ½”
Weight: 190
Wingspan: 6’7 ½ ”
Standing Reach: 8’5 ½”
Max Vertical: 36.5”
(Via Draft Express)

College Statistics (2016/17 Season)
MPG: 32.9
PPG: 18.3
RPG: 4.1
APG: 4.3
STLPG: 1.2
FT%: 80.5%
2-PT FG%: 57.0%
3-PT FG% 40.1%

Best Case Comparison: Greivis Vasquez, Patty Mills

2017 Big Board Ranking
Kevin O’Connor: 32
Chad Ford: 43
Draft Express: 31
Sports Illustrated: 28
CBS Sports: 62

3 Things to Know
1. Offensive potential and effective scorer (Especially with his jumper)
2. Needs to improve his focus for the entire game. Too many silly mistakes
3. Maturing and possibly still growing into his frame with the best yet to come

Strengths
Size and length help him while guarding point guards/combos
Physical gifts help cover his limited athletic abilities
Great in various pick and roll situations
Good footwork into pull-ups
Arsenal of tools (jabs, shot fakes, step-backs) against closeouts into pull ups
Effective floater game with a soft touch
High Guard IQ and strong feel for the game
Great passing ability to hit the roll man out of a pick and roll
Good cutting instincts
Good understanding of defensive positioning
Great 1st move anticipation on defense
Late bloomer and could still be maturing into his frame

Weaknesses
Has a hard time turning the corner with an average 1st step
Relies on jumpers out of pick and roll
Has a hard time beating bigs on the switch in pick and roll
Has a hard time finishing in a crowd
Lives off jumpers instead of attacking at times
Not very vocal on offense
Telegraphs passes at times
Reaches instead of sliding his feet at times
Upright and lazy without contesting at times
Needs to improve intensity because of lack of defensive tools

Summary
Derrick White’s had an intriguing story thus far in his basketball career. He graduated high school standing 6’0” tall with very little collegiate options, which steered him towards a Division II school in Colorado. He had a growth spurt, right before the start of his college career, which allowed him to excel at the Division II level and transfer to the University of Colorado for his senior season where he averaged 18.3 PPG. He’s demonstrated a nice pull-up jumper and soft touch floater along with good passing and cutting instincts to give him a well-rounded offensive arsenal of tools. White has also shown a high overall basketball IQ and awareness for his positioning in defensive sets. He could benefit from finishing better through contact and not relying too much on his jumper. The most important part of White’s game he must improve is his overall level of focus for the entire game. He has a high IQ, yet sometimes he tends to make lazy passes that are picked off for breakaway dunks, or he’ll reach instead of staying down and moving his feet on defense. These issues seem to be relatively easy fixes with a higher level of attention and willpower to change these bad habits. Derrick White is a prospect many teams will consider giving a chance, so look for him to be drafted near the last few picks of the 1st round or early in the 2nd.

Draft reports compiled by Garrett Furubayashi and Leif Thulin