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35 - Melvin Frazier

6-6, 200 Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Tulane Junior
Birthday
08/30/96 (23.3 yrs)
Hometown
Avondale, LA
High School
LW Higgins
Team Site Profile
Statistics
Athleticism
9
Size
8
Defense
8
Strength
7
Quickness
7
Leadership
7
Jump Shot
7
NBA Ready
7
Ball Handling
7
Potential
8
Passing
7
Intangibles
7

NBA Comparison: Gerald Green

Strengths: Rare physical specimen with tremendous length … High level athlete … Hit 12’1.5 on his max vert, the highest of anyone at the 2018 NBA draft combine … Late bloomer at the wing position who showed solid improvement as a perimeter threat and became an impact player for a Tulane Green Wave team that finished 14-17 and 10th in the American Conference … Shot a decent percentage from 3 as a junior at 38.5% on 1.2 makes per game (35-91 overall) … Spot up shooting is an improved aspect of his game … Strong transition player and excels slashing to the basket where he’s able to outclass opponents athletically … Great length and explosive leaping ability … One of the top run/jump athletes available in this year’s draft … Has good defensive potential if he improves upon fundamentals. Staying low, disciplined, not reaching or gambling for steals … Shined at NBA draft combine, with solid showing in the scrimmages and especially in the measurement and athleticism testing portion of event … Did a solid job of improving upon his passing, 2.9 assists per game, up from 1.5 as a sophomore … Shows some ability to operate on the block and post up opponents, which will be useful in exploiting mismatches at the next level … An ally oop threat running the baseline … Viewed as a bit of a project but one with upside left to develop due to his considerable athleticism, despite his age …

Weaknesses: Despite turning 22 in August, lacks a great feel for the game … Turnover prone. Passing decisions leave a lot to be desired … Not a strong ISO player … Lacks ball handling ability, which limits his ability to fully utilize his explosiveness … Often gets stripped when attacking the basket. High dribble … Lacks great form on his shot … May struggle to extend 3 point shot to NBA range due to mechanical flaws in his shot … Has a tendency to force bad passes on drives when the defense collapses on him … While his 3 point shot was effective, his volume was low. His career 65% FT shooting leads some skepticism about his ability to be effective behind the arc in the NBA … Shot 38.5% (35-91) as a junior, but 26% (28-106) as a sophomore and 31% (81/260) for his career at Tulane … Considering his physical gifts, his level of competition and minutes (34.4 mpg), one would expect better rebounding numbers from him (5.6 per game) … Lack of ISO and ball handling ability affects his free throw opportunities (2.8 makes per game). Actually shot more FTs and 3 pointers as a sophomore … Level of competition in the American Athletic Conference leaves a lot to be desired, adding skepticism of how Frazier can perform on a regular basis against opponents with similar athleticism … His team’s lack of success (5-13 in conference) also makes it more of a challenge to accurately evaluate him … Must learn to play at a much higher intensity level in order to achieve similar success at the next level …

Notes: Measured: 6′ 4.5” barefoot, 6′ 6” in shoes 198.2 lbs, 7′ 1.75” wingspan, 8′ 9” standing reach, 7.90% body fat, 9.50 inch hand length at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine … Native of Avondale, Louisiana … Developed steadily in his three years playing under former NBA coach Mike Dunleavy Sr …

Aran Smith 6/16/18

 

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