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5 - Christian Wood

UNLV 

  • Birthday: 9/27/95
  • NBA Position: Power Forward
  • Class: Sophomore
  • Ht: 6-11
  • Wt: 220
  • Hometown: Palmdale, CA
  • High School: Findlay Prep
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Overall

90

2015
Mock:  26

NBA Comparison: John Henson

Strengths: Versatile forward with a good face-up game. Has power forward size as well as some guard skills ... Has the ability to drive the ball from the perimeter and finish … Serviceable enough jump shot to be a stretch 4 … Long (7'2" wingspan), rangy, athletic defender who blocks shots (2.6 per game) and is fairly disruptive all-around on the defensive end … High energy (usually; can be a little lethargic in fighting for post position) guy who goes all out on the boards. Averaged 10 RPG despite his thin frame … Garbage man. Gets all kinds of put-back tips and dunks due to his effort and instincts on the offensive glass ... Uses the shot fake to get defenders off their feet, then drives on the defender, who is usually too big and slow to stay in front of him … For a big man, does a great job of getting up the court in transition, putting himself in great position to finish on a number of alley-oops … Raised his game when it mattered most, scoring 24 in a huge upset of Arizona ...

Weaknesses: Very skinny. Needs to bulk up if he's going to be an NBA 4 ... Gets bullied in the post when he tries to defend or post up on bulkier big men ... Also struggles to finish through contact or gain post position … Questionable shot selection ... Tends to settle for jumpers or throw up floaters while out of control on the drive … When guarded by a smaller defender, Wood's quickness is negated, and he doesn't quite have the strength and post game to take full advantage of the height difference … Shows questionable defensive awareness. Gets caught out of position multiple times every game … His shooting has improved, but he still only shot 28% from 3 last season, which needs to be higher if outside shooting is going to continue to be a key part of his offensive game … Needs to develop more post moves ... 2.4 turnovers per game, too many for a big man ... Has put up rebounding numbers at the college level, but his fundamentals on defensive rebounds are very shaky and will be exposed at the next level, where he won't have a size and athletic advantage ... All in all, he's still sort of a tweener. He's still developing the strength and post game to play the 4, but he's a bit too big and ineffective as a perimeter defender to play the 3 on a regular basis …

Overall: Wood is essentially your typical, talented power forward coming out of college ... Lots of skill, lots of talent, lots of athleticism, and good face-up game, but still needs to develop strength, a post game, more polished rebounding fundamentals, and more of a willingness to play inside in order to thrive in the NBA ... He shows a lot of promise as a face-up 4, and, unlike some talented college prospects, he has a great motor which makes him an excellent rebounder ... At age 19, Wood is very young for his class and has plenty of time to develop, but he has already put up great numbers in a solid conference at the college level ... He should garner a first round selection and perhaps flirt with the lottery …

Notes: Named Mountain West First Team All-Conference for 2014-2015 … Measured 6'10 (in shoes) 200 lbs, with a 7'2 wingspan at the 2012 LeBron James Skills Academy ...

Jacob Stallard 4/11/15

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