NBA Draft


Scouting Report

That Alexander left Kansas after one season isn't surprising, but what does come as a shock is where he's now projected to be drafted. A likely lottery pick by most accounts upon entering college after he was a much-hyped prospect, Alexander isn't even guaranteed to be a first-round selection after a disappointing season for the Jayhawks. He averaged 7.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in 17.6 minutes, taking only 4.6 field-goal attempts in 28 games. Alexander never got the chance to play in the postseason because he was ruled ineligible two weeks after finally breaking into the starting lineup amid concerns revolving around his amateur status, reportedly due to a loan his mother took out based on his future earning potential. Alexander did show brief glimpses of his ability, totaling 28 points and 22 rebounds in 50 minutes in consecutive mid-January wins against ranked Big 12 rivals Oklahoma and Texas. Another college season clearly would've benefited Alexander, who has an underdeveloped offensive game and a basketball IQ that needs improvement. He won't be asked to contribute much offensively initially in the NBA, but how far he can expand those skills could determine how long a career he has. Developing some creativity in the post and upgrading his face-up game would go a long way toward sustaining himself as an NBA player. Alexander remains an intriguing prospect because of his outstanding athleticism, toughness and 7-foot-2 wingspan - attributes that should make him a good rebounder and defender at the next level. Those physical skills should help Alexander find a role in the NBA, but he'll likely need to embrace being a hustle guy who refuses to be outworked.


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