The 2020 NBA Draft will be an important event for teams to build for their future. Here is the James Wiseman 2020 NBA Draft Profile.
Size: 7-foot-1, 235 pounds
Wiseman was one of the best recruits in the country and signed on to play for the Memphis Tigers and head coach Penny Hardaway. He only played three games with Memphis, but he is still a coveted draft prospect.
In his three games at Memphis, Wiseman averaged 19.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. He didn’t play against great competition other than his game against Oregon. Wiseman had just 14 points against the Ducks, but he did grab 12 rebounds. Due to problems with the NCAA, Wiseman decided to leave the team after the three games and prepare for the draft.
Although he didn’t get much experience at the collegiate level, Wiseman has proved over his competitive basketball career to be a unique player. He should be selected in the first few picks of the 2020 NBA Draft.
The biggest strength for Wiseman is his size and length. He stands at 7-foot-1 and 235 pounds, which will make him fit right in on the interior. He has a 7-foot-6 wingspan which will help him contest shots and defend better. While he’ll need a little bit of weight and strength to his frame, but he has a good start to work with.
His athleticism for his size is incredible. He can move well, which allows him to create separation and stay in front of quick players he is guarding. Wiseman can also jump well, helping him to block shots and go up and grab rebounds over opponents. With his size and athleticism, he can be a huge matchup problem in the NBA.
With some development, Wiseman can become a game-changing defensive player. He averaged three blocks a game, showing great anticipation. His ability to come from the weakside and block shots will make him a good team defender. Because he is athletic, he can move his feet and guard smaller and quicker players.
It is hard to judge Wiseman’s talent because he only played three college games. He played well at the high school level, but wasn’t able to prove it in college. He had some good performances, but had just 14 points against Oregon. His talents should translate to the NBA level, but it is hard to tell if he can make the adjustment needed quickly.
He doesn’t have great range and will likely be a specialized player for post-play and the mid-range. Wiseman didn’t make a three in college, even in his limited time. He has a shot that looks like it can be stretched out with practice, but it isn’t there yet. His ability to be a part of pick and rolls is great, but he will struggle with deep pick and pop situations.
His passing will need to improve at the pro level. Simple passes can sometimes even give him trouble. The game speeds up too much at time and he turns the ball over when making passes. When double teams come, he needs to learn to pass to the open man rather than trying to play through two defenders.
Projected Draft Range: Top 5 Pick
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