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15 - Brandon Clarke

6-8, 210 Power Forward/Center
GONZAGA_65.gif Gonzaga Junior
Birthday
09/19/96 (23.2 yrs)
Hometown
Phoenix, AZ
High School
Desert Vista
Team Site Profile
Statistics
Athleticism
9
Size
6
Defense
8
Strength
7
Quickness
8
Leadership
8
Jump Shot
7
NBA Ready
8
Rebounding
8
Potential
7
Post Skills
7
Intangibles
8

NBA Comparison: Jordan Bell

Strengths: Bouncy, undersized big who plays with tremendous explosiveness and energy … He is a strong finisher around the basket … He’s shown the ability to score off the dribble … He’s able to score from the low post against certain matchups … He’s great at scoring on off ball motion plays … He is a great rebounder, averaging over 8 a game the last couple years … He is very good on the defensive end of the floor, as a help defender and on the ball … An amazing shot blocker for a 6’8 forward, he averaged over 3 blocks per game this past season …  Along with the 3+ blocks, he averaged over 1 steal per game … He has a non-stop motor to go along with his elte athleticism … He has great timing when he goes to contest shots at the rim … He rarely fouls despite contesting a lot of shots … He’s rarely out of control despite how hard he plays … He’s capable of switching screens and defending players on the perimeter … In the NBA he’ll need that skill with how the game is played today … He plays within himself and doesn’t take shots out of his skill set……. He has great touch around the basket … He’s capable of guarding four different positions … His athleticism can make him a great help defender at the next level … He runs the floor very well in transition … He’s a good finisher in traffic …

Weaknesses: Does not have ideal size or strength to play in the post at the next level … Lacks length with just a 6’8.25 wingpsan on his 6’8 (in shoes) frame … To make matters worse he weighed in at the combine at just 207 lbs, which is concerning considering his age … Will turn 23 in September, making him older for a first round draft prospect … Revamped his jumpshot in his redshirt, transfer year, but still has work to do on it … He needs to improve the range and consistency on his perimeter jump shot …  He shot only 27% from the 3-point line last season … He doesn’t look comfortable shooting unless he is wide open … His reluctancy to shoot could affect his team’s offensive rhythm … He struggles at the free throw line, he shot 69% from the line last season … He needs to extend his shooting range in order to not be a liability on the floor at the next level … He’s not a great ball handler which can lead to turnovers against NBA players … He can be careless at times with the basketball, which NBA teams will make him pay for … He can be undisciplined at times on the defensive end … At times going for blocks too often puts him and the team out of position …  He needs to increase his playmaking skills to make himself more versatile on the offensive end of the floor … His lack of a jump shot will limit his options to blow by his defenders on the closeouts …

Outlook: Clarke has a lot of potential to be a great defensive player with room to grow on the offensive end … His ability to defend multiple positions will make him coveted in the league … He needs to improve his shooting however so that he won’t be taken off the floor in certain situations … He’s projected to be a mid to late first round pick. Any team that picks him will have to be willing to spend the time developing him into the player he can be.

Notes: Measured: 6′ 7.25” barefoot, 6′ 8.25” in shoes, 207.2 lbs, 6′ 8.25” wingspan and 8′ 6” standing reach at the 2019 NBA Draft Combine … He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia … He redshirted his junior year after transferring from San Jose State .. He recorded 10 triple doubles that included points rebounds and blocks as a high school senior …
 
Zach Smith 5/24/19

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