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Bobby Portis

Power Forward – University of Arkansas – Sophomore

Height: 6’11” – Weight: 245 – Wingspan: 7’2” – Max Vertical: 31.5”

17.5 Points – 8.9 Rebounds – 1.2 Assists – 1.4 Blocks – 73.7 FT%

Overall Ranking #13 – Comparison: LaMarcus Aldridge/Chris Bosh

Strengths: Mr. Hustle, creator for his teammates, good mid-range shooter, very fast in transition while running the floor, lateral quickness of a guard, great screen setter, rebounds on offense with the tenacity of Tristan Thompson, really raw on the block. Waiting to be developed, still a puppy.

Weaknesses: Needs to become stronger so he can rebound at this level, average athlete.

Summary: Portis has an unbelievable motor that he motivates his teammates with, effort is NEVER a problem, and he plays as hard as his body allows him to. He’s shown potential on offense as a scorer and skilled passer. Portis is only a few drops of athleticism short from being a BEAST.

Trey Lyles

Power Forward – University of Kentucky – Freshman

Height: 6’10” – Weight: 240 – Wingspan: 7’1.5” – Max Vertical: N/A

8.7 Points – 5.2 Rebounds – 1.1 Assists – 73.5 FT% — 23 Minutes

Overall Ranking #14 – Comparison: Carlos Boozer

Strengths: Excellent player when posting up, match-up problem for almost anybody, good shooter off the dribble, can create for himself, highly intelligent player, elite athleticism and body control. Lyles is explosive, but not a super-freak like his teammates, Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein.

Weaknesses: Bad defender, ball-watcher, and decent rebounder. Needs to get stronger.

Summary: Lyles was up-and-down at Kentucky, but he showed enough potential to become a knockdown catch-and-shooter, or pick-and-roll wizard. Eventually, Lyles will be a legit three-point shooter that can also bang down low with the big boys. For now, he is very creative in regards to himself. Lyles is a project, but can be well worth it.

Justin Anderson

Wing – University of Virginia – Junior

Height: 6’6” – Weight: 230 – Wingspan: 6’11.75” – Max Vertical: 43”

12.2 Points – 4.0 Rebounds – 1.7 Assists – 45.2 3P%

Overall Ranking #15 – Comparison: DeMarre Carroll

Strengths: Phenomenal athlete, terrific defender, KNOCKDOWN three point specialist, willing passer, quick release on his J, and was a sparkplug for Virginia at times last season.

Weaknesses: Shot selecition is sometimes head-scratching, not a great player with space because he isn’t a good creator off the dribble.

Summary: Anderson is what the league is moving towards – great athletes who can spread the floor, knockdown open threes, and defend at a high level. Low risk, high reward in the middle of the first round.



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