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0 - KZ Okpala

Stanford 

  • Birthday: 4/28/99
  • NBA Position: SG/SF
  • Class: Sophomore
  • Ht: 6-8
  • Wt: 210
  • Hometown: Anaheim, CA
  • High School: Esperanza
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Overall

91

2019
Mock:  32

NBA Comparison: Rodney Hood

Strengths: Great size and length for a wing (6’8”, 195 pounds) ... Very athletic. Can throw it down with ease ... Explosive athlete ... Dangerous in the open court with the ball ... Has the tools to guard multiple positions on the floor (2-4, maybe some 1s) ... Runs the floor really well in transition ... Handles the rock well ... Very comfortable with the ball in his hands ... Very quick with the ball ... Does a good job using the triple-threat ... Has a bit of an unorthodox shot, but did a good job improving it over the summer ... Shot 22.6% from 3-point range as a freshman on 1.3 attempts per game ... As a sophomore, he’s shooting 44.8% from 3-point range on 3.1 attempts per game ... Capable of making shots with a hand in his face ... You have to guard him close out on the perimeter ... Not a selfish player ... Willing to find the open man for the easy basket ... Smart player ... Can drive and kick out to open shooters ... Moves well without the ball ... Flashes to the high post, comes off screens, and knows how to get open ... When he attacks the rim, he’s very difficult to stop ... Few players have the length to really give him trouble ... Finishes well inside ... Very versatile ... Solid rebounder (6.0 per game) ...

Weaknesses:
Defense could improve ... Especially when going up against quicker ball handlers that can attack the rim ... For having so much height and weight, he doesn’t block a lot of shots (0.7 per game) or get a lot of steals (0.9 per game) ... Needs to learn how to take more advantage of his physical tools to be more disruptive on defense ... He needs to add weight to hang with NBA wings and forwards. He struggled at times against Arizona State’s Luguentz Dort (6’4”, 215 pounds) ... Sometimes loses his man and gets beat ... Effort needs to improve ... Needs to learn how to fight through screens ... Commits 2.6 fouls per game ... Sometimes he’s a bit too afraid to pick up the foul, resulting in blow buys ... Doesn’t finish through contact as well as he should ... Needs to improve his physicality inside and learn how to throw it down in traffic with more regularity ... While his shot has improved, he still has more work to do ... He’s a good college 3-point shooter, but needs to be able to extend his range to the NBA 3-point line ... Free throw percentage needs to improve (69.4%) ...

Overall:
It’s not shock that Okpala is drawing attention from NBA scouts in the manner that he is ... He has fantastic physical gifts and is becoming a polished basketball player that can do a variety of things on the floor ... If he can add some weight, improve his physicality, and be more aggressive on defense, he has the chance to have a very successful career in the NBA ...

Ben Parker 1/30/19

[Attributes changed on 7/1/19, from 94 to 91, to reflect projected range prior to draft. Ranked 24th on big board heading into draft]

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