NBA Draft Index, Vol. 2
Scouting the top 2015 NBA Draft prospects in the NCAA.
With the season approaching the six-week mark, often the individual success of the NBA draft lottery hopefuls hits a snag. It’s very difficult to outplay the scouting report that conference opponents now have at their fingertips. The great players continue to evolve and counter the defensive adjustments.
The NBA’s offensive trends must be factored in when evaluating these prospects. Emphasis is on prospects that can take the ball to the rim and three-point proficiency.
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1) Jahlil Okafor, 6-10, C/F, Duke
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As many freshmen are hitting the wall, Okafor seems to be getting stronger and further separating himself from the pack. He is currently averaging 18.9 points and 9.4 rebounds a game, shooting 66.8 percent from the field. Think of Okafor as Picasso, a brilliant painter but strictly a 15-foot-and-in performer. Okafor has been consistent with his passing and scoring while showing improved defensive prowess (8 blocked shots in his first three ACC contests).