21 - Lamar Patterson

6-5, 225 Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Pittsburgh Senior
08/12/91 (31.3 yrs)
Lancaster, PA
High School
St. Benedict's Prep
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling
85 Overall:

NBA Comparison: Gilbert Brown

Strengths: Patterson is a wide bodied 6’5 wing prospect who has the physical tools to translate to the next level … Long arms, has an outstanding 6’11 wingspan … Is an unorthodox blue collar type, who can deal with contact and embraces hard-nose play … High level strength for a wing prospect already … Should be able to see time at either wing position at his size … Solid skill level and is a Swiss army knife, able to do a multitude of things on the court … High IQ player, can generally be trusted to make good decisions and gives himself the correct chances to make plays throughout games … Understands how to create angles on both ends, which helped him to compensate for a lack of athleticism and explosiveness … Decent pick and roll player with adequate ball-handling skills … Likes to use basic misdirection moves to set up defenders, and had enough strength to keep defenders on his hip on his slashes … Developing shooter who made strides throughout his career as a perimeter threat, and even extended his range to NBA range when spotting up as a Sr. … Effective medium-range player … Very intriguing floor vision and passing skills as a wing (4.2 apg as a Sr.), proved in college that he can be effective having some offensive sets run through him … Plays the game at a very steady pace, rarely appears rushed or out of control … Fundamentally sound and sharp defensive player, as you would expect to see from a Jamie Dixon-coached player … Makes an effort to be at the right spots and contest shots, doesn’t lack in assertiveness and is a competitive defender … Contributes on the glass on both ends … Most effective in the half-court game … Seems to be a hard working player, whose development progressed nicely in college after playing mostly as a post in HS …

Weaknesses: Patterson is a limited athlete who would be at a disadvantage on most nights at the NBA matching up with wings … Is not a very quick player, and would have to work harder to create separation than the average NBA wing … Not going to get nearly the amount of touches he did in college at the next level, will have to adjust to a much more minimal role … Plays below the rim, and will struggle to convert shots around the rim against more athletic frontlines … Though he is a good defender, how will he hold up against high level perimeter players on a nightly basis? … Improved shooter, but is generally only effective with his feet set … His 3-point shooting is a make-or-break skill for him to stick in the NBA, and his percentages from downtown fluctuated every single season he was in college … Plays a very basic game, other than his passing skills he does not have many standout traits that will set him apart from other wings … Can be stifled by athletic defenders … Mediocre ability to create shots for himself … Not going to play the “prettiest” game, and doesn’t make razzle-dazzle plays … Doesn’t project to be a good transition player …

Overall: Patterson has the size and defensive skills teams look for on the wing, and his high level passing ability is a plus … Patterson seems like he could be a player coaches love because he is a hard working player on the court who makes good decisions … He lacks athleticism and isn’t the best player off the bounce though, and that puts a damper on his prospects despite an extremely productive final season at Pitt … Still, his jumper is getting better and if he can finally get more efficient and consistent with it, he could find himself a role in the NBA … Patterson could certainly hear his name called in Round 2 of the 2014 Draft …

Jorrye Nixon 6/13/14

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