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2012 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Jared Sullinger




Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
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2012 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Jared Sullinger


Position: Power Forward

Size: 6-9, 265

School: Ohio State, Freshman


Strengths:
  • Very physical down low
  • Plethora of moves in the paint
  • Utilizes baby hook with either hand
  • Establishing position on the block
  • Embraces playing inside and doesn't try to be something he is not
  • NBA-ready build
  • Attacks the glass
  • Length helps offset his lack of great ups
  • Mobility; moves quicker than you would expect from a player his size
  • Range out to the three-point line



    Weaknesses:
  • Needs to improve as a pick and roll defender
  • Athleticism
  • Explosiveness
  • Guarding quicker players on the perimeter

    Summary: Sullinger surprised many by turning down a likely top five spot in the 2011 NBA Draft and choosing to return for his sophomore year. He is a beast down low and loves throwing his body around and being physical in the paint. The former two-time Mr. Ohio Basketball is not the greatest athlete in the world which might make his transition to the NBA a little more difficult, but he is still a lock to be a top-10 pick if he declares after his sophomore campaign.

    Player Comparison: Elton Brand. Brand came into the league somewhat limited by his 6-9 height but made up for it with his ability to out-physical his opponents. That describes Sullinger perfectly. The Buckeye sophomore does not yet have the perimeter game that Brand did when he entered the league but should make a similar impact from the get-go.





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    Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
    Send Paul an e-mail here: paulb05 AT hotmail DOT com.
    All other e-mail, including advertising and link proposals, send to: wpc112@gmail.com




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