23 - Justin Patton

6-11, 230 Center
Creighton Freshman
06/14/97 (23.7 yrs)
Omaha, NE
High School
Omaha North
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Post Skills

NBA Comparison: Brendan Haywood

Strengths: A legit seven-footer … Has good agility and lateral quickness … Plus athlete for a player his size … Explosive off of the ground … Quick leaper, second jump was faster than others’ first in college … Can be a distraction at and around the rim defensively … Played well vertically in the interior … Also will be able to pluck away steals occasionally … Can switch out and defend guards on the perimeter … Doesn’t get out of his stance when faced against a guard and relies on his length and agility to smother smaller players … Best suited as a dive big man in a pick-and-roll heavy offense … Developed rapidly from a no-name recruit to up-and-coming college star … Shown a comfort shooting on the perimeter, yet isn’t likely to develop that part of his game … Needs to time to set his feet when shooting from outside … Much more comfortable taking outside shots in catch-and-shoot situations … Still raw, but has a refined set of moves when playing out of the post … Very effective finisher at the hoop on offense … Converts a lot of paint touches into points via above the rim play … Great in transition will run straight to the paint and then seal off his defender under the rim … Possesses the grace of a gazelle when he runs … Will beat most big men down the court in transition …  Good hands, can catch tough passes or convert inaccurate passes into points … Has nimble feet … Late growth spurt means he has some guard abilities in his game … Comfortable starting a break or making a few ball handling moves on the go with the ball … Has tons of potential and upside …

Redshirt freshmen, will be 20 years old by the draft … Will need time to develop … Could end up spending the better portion of his rookie year in the D-League, rather than in the NBA … Very raw and needs to continue to build on the foundation of his game that he has … Has gotten stronger during his time at Creighton, but is still skinny for a big man, and may always be a bit on the thin side … Must show that he has the strength to bang and hold his own with NBA big men … Can get a bit dribble happy at times and will turn the ball over against pressure in the backcourt … Needs to fine tune a specific post move, often overthinks when on the block which leads to turnovers or missed shots … Rebounding and overall aggressiveness should improve with strength … 6.2 rebounds per game and 9.8 per 40 minutes, while decent, should be higher for a 7-foot center with his athleticism playing in the Big East … Added strength should allow him to get to the free throw line more as well. 2.5 trips to the line per game illustrate his lack of physicality … Shot just 51% from the free throw line. Will need to improve upon that as it’s far too low for a player with his shooting stroke …

Outlook: Patton being an elite athlete at seven-feet is going to make him a first round pick, however, it’ll be on him to continue to put the work in if he wants to keep his meteoric rise going. If he doesn’t get any better from where he is now he’ll still find a way to stay in the league due to his combination of size and athleticism. In the right situation he could turn into a game changer for a team.

Brandon Jefferson 4/11/17

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