NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS OF LOCAL INTEREST
Chasson Randle, Stanford
STRENGTHS: Rock Island native is a great outside shooter and scorer. Excellent foul shooter. Tremendous character and intelligence.
WEAKNESSES: Too small to play shooting guard in NBA. Would need to make transition to point guard. Marginal quickness.
PROGNOSIS: Despite off-the-charts marks from a character standpoint, he won’t even be looked at until the end of the second round.
Aaron White Iowa
STRENGTHS: More athletic than he looks. Plays with great intensity. Very unselfish. Thinks like a coach. Good rebounder and has knack for drawing fouls.
WEAKNESSES: Needs to add weight. May be “tweener,’’ too small to be power forward, not explosive enough to be small forward.
RATINGS: In sixth best college senior in draft, according to NBADraft.net .DraftExpress.com rates him the 14th best college senior and the 50th best player. NBADraft.net has him going 45th to Boston in its consensus mock draft.
PROGNOSIS: He should get drafted although almost certainly in the second round.
Gabriel Olaseni, Iowa
STRENGTHS: Runs and jumps extremely well. Very coachable. Great personality.
WEAKNESSES: Despite progress during college years, still limited offensively. Would definitely be long-term project for NBA team.
RATINGS: DraftExpress.com rates him the 32nd best college senior and the 94th best player in the draft.
PROGNOSIS: Performance at Portsmouth Invitational opened some eyes and his combination of size and athleticism is enticing, but he’s still a longshot to be drafted. Since he’s from England, he could end up playing overseas.
Bryce DeJean-Jones, Iowa St.
STRENGTHS: Good quickness and athleticism. Good first step. Quality outside shooter.
WEAKNESSES: Tends to be inconsistent. Has had some character issues.
PROGNOSIS: He’s not likely to be drafted but has the physical tools to make it in the league eventually.
Dustin Hogue, Iowa St.
STRENGTHS: Rugged, relentless rebounder. Has shown ability to hit outside shot.
WEAKNESSES: Not that athletic and too small to play forward in NBA. Arrested for OWI following senior season.
RATINGS: DraftExpress.com rates him the 61st best college senior in the draft.
PROGNOSIS: He definitely won’t be drafted but will get a chance to play in the D League or overseas.
Seth Tuttle, Northern Iowa
STRENGTHS: High basketball IQ. Excellent outside shooter for a big man. Has physical strength needed to play in big time.
WEAKNESSES: Questionable quickness and speed. May have already maximized his potential.
PROGNOSIS: He has worked out for several NBA teams but figures to be an undrafted free agent.
Rayvonte Rice, Illinois
STRENGTHS: Very strong and explosive. Very good rebounder for his size. Aggressive defender.
WEAKNESSES: Too short to play shooting guard in the NBA.
RATINGS: DraftExpress.com rates him the 36th best college senior and the 95th best player in the draft.
PROGNOSIS: Unlikely to be drafted but could work his way up the ladder through the NBA’s Developmental League.
Nnanna Egwu, Illinois
STRENGTHS: Great work ethic. Good shot-blocker and defender.
WEAKNESSES: Wasn’t much of an offensive factor even in college.
RATINGS: NBADraft.net has him as 34th best college senior in draft.
PROGNOSIS: He has the necessary size but isn’t likely to be drafted and doesn’t project as anything more than a role player.