Good repetoire of post moves including a turnaround jumper
Knows how to use his body to establish position on the block
Mid-range jump shot
Can put the ball on the floor for a few dribbles to create his own shot
Explosiveness at the rim
Crashing the boards
Length helps him on the defensive end and the glass
Lets the game come to him; doesn't force a lot of shots
Never stops working inside (great motor)
Plays with passion
Inconsistent jump shooter
Not a great perimeter defender
Needs to do a better job of closing out defensively
Improved free throw shooter, but needs to show consistency at the stripe
Summary: Lawal doesn't have superstar potential but figures to be a valuable role player at the next level. At this point of his collegiate career, he is what he is and would probably be best off declaring for the 2010 NBA Draft as he figures to be a first-round lock. He tested the waters last year so if he does declare, he is in for good.
Player Comparison: Brandon Bass. Bass has been a valuable energy guy off the bench in the NBA, bringing a physicality inside. That is likely the role that Lawal will find himself in at the next level. Both guys have a decent amount of skill, but their hard work and ability to rebound the basketball are their best assets.
My criteria for this mock is what I would do at each pick, not what I think will actually happen. I still try to tie the picks to reality as much as possible, but this far out, it just isn't realistic to try and make predictions. When the rumor mill really starts plugging away, I'll make some real guesses.