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22 - Larry Nance Jr.

6-9, 230 Power Forward
Wyoming Senior
Birthday
01/01/93 (27.8 yrs)
Hometown
Akron, OH
High School
Revere
Team Site Profile
Statistics
Athleticism
8
Size
8
Defense
7
Strength
6
Quickness
8
Leadership
7
Jump Shot
7
NBA Ready
7
Rebounding
8
Potential
8
Post Skills
6
Intangibles
7

NBA Comparison: Louis Amundson

Strengths: At 6’8.5" inches Nance Jr has excellent length with a measured 7’1.5" wingspan … Nance Jr also possess a 9′ standing reach, which is equal to many of the taller power forwards in the NBA today … Possesses huge hands also … Couples his length with outstanding athleticism … Posted a 12’1.5" max vert at the 2015 NBA Draft Combine (second best score since 2009) … At his best when he has the time and space to prepare for a leap … No sign of regression even after tearing his ACL in February of 2014 … Excelled most in transition opportunities … Has the ability to run up and down the court and with his length/athleticism gives him an edge on most defenders … Moves very well on defense, very active … Can stick with face-up forwards … Contains the ball well in pick and roll situations … Made plays and caused turnovers on defense … Always plays tough and willing to battle and put his body on the line when necessary … Around the ball whenever a rebound is available … Ability to elevate in traffic to grab contested rebounds … Doesn’t get pushed around in the paint … High character player that can fit a role immediately … 

Weaknesses: Despite his length and athleticism combination he is limited in the post offensively … Does not do well when guarded by defenders with either size, length or athleticism … Footwork is clunky and rigid most times … Not great touch around the basket … Over cautious in traffic, often pump fakes himself into a bad shot … Less explosive when jumping from a standstill (29" no-step vertical) … Lacks any go to moves in the post … Needs to become more consistent with his shot … Tends to be off balance when he is shooting … Has a pretty slow release … Though mobile he isn’t comfortable putting the ball on the floor against pressure … First step is not as quick from an athlete of his stature … Doesn’t possess a natural feel for basketball … Has spotty basketball IQ … Forced tough shots or contested jumpers … Misses open teammates as he often plays with his head down …
 
Notes: Son of former NBA player Larry Nance … Measured 6’8.5 (in shoes) 234 lbs, with a 7’0.5 wingspan at the 2014 Nike Big Man Skills Academy … Son of former Cleveland Cavalier Larry Nance … 2014-15 Mountain West co-Defensive Player of the Year … Tore his ACL in February 2014 … Had mononucleosis in February 2015 … Named to All-Mountain West First Team (2013-2015) and Mountain West All Defensive Team (2013-15) …
 
Overall: Nance Jr has the size and athletic traits of an NBA forward. However, his game isn’t as developed as you would expect a four-year collegiate player to be. Will have to prove that he can be a versatile defender in the paint and on the perimeter. If he can develop into a catch-and-shoot player will stick around in the league for at least a decade.

Brandon Jefferson 7/6/15

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