May 5, 2016
Jul 3, 2015
NBA Comparison: Oleksiy Pecherov
Strengths: Versatile forward who has the length of a 4 but the skillset of a 3. With a near-7 foot wingspan, Uthoff has incredible length for a perimeter player…Great jump shooter from all parts of the court. Shot 38% from 3 last season…Solid defender due to his length and instincts. Perhaps the nation’s best perimeter shot blocker last year, and ended up averaging 2.5 BPG. Also proved to be disruptive in passing lanes…Smooth finisher who does a decent job of getting to the rim and also creating shots for himself in the mid-range…Great fadeaway jumper that he used with great success when he was unable to get better looks…Very efficient. Very limited number of turnovers and bad shots…For his size, Uthoff is a very good ballhandler…Also shows good passing ability for a player his size…Solid athlete who can finish above the rim from time to time…Can create matchups problems when guarded by a traditional power forward on the outside, or when he gets the opportunity to post up on a traditional small forward…Crafty veteran player who finds a variety of ways to score…Very solid free throw shooter at 82%…Veteran prospect at age 23 who should come in and make an impact right away…
Weaknesses: Not quite quick or strong enough to take the ball to the hoop on NBA defenders…lacks of great foot speed and explodiveness limits his ability to utilize his ball skills…Thin frame, may get pushed off the block easily…Not strong enough to guard a 4 and lacks the lateral quickness to stay in front of most NBA small forwards…Reliant on tough shots to score. His “junk baskets” will be a lot more limited against NBA size inside…Already 23 years old, Uthoff is about as developed as he’ll ever be as a prospect…Not an incredibly comfortable or effective ballhandler for someone who will end up mostly playing on the perimeter…Lacks much of a post game…
Overall: Uthoff has an intriguing mix of size and perimeter skills, so he could certainly find his way onto a roster as a versatile, experienced 3-and-D guy.
Notes: Measured: 6′ 8.5” barefoot, 6′ 9.75” in shoes, 214.4 lbs, 6′ 11.5” wingspan at the 2016 NBA Draft Combine … Measured 6’9.5’’ in shoes, with a 6’10.5’’ wingspan and 216 lbs at the 2015 Nike Basketball Academy
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