NBA Draft Diary: Tony Wroten, Andre Drummond, John Henson Profiles
Tony Wroten 6’5″ Point Guard/Shooting Guard – Washington
Strengths: Wroten has ideal size for a combo guard. He can handle the ball like a point guard, create for others like a point guard but has natural scoring instincts like a shooting guard. He is an elite lane penetrator, getting to the restricted area whenever he wants. He has a unique flash to his game which will win fans over and likely raise his head coach’s blood pressure. Wroten’s game is very similar to Tyreke Evans. Both need the ball in their hands and excel at getting to the rim and creating contact.
Weaknesses: Wroten has very poor mechanics on his shot. Until he develops a mid range jumper, teams will play off him similar to how they play Rajon Rondo. Wroten also needs to work on taking care of the ball. Sometimes his flashy play is careless. In the NBA, a point guard that turns the ball over numerous times will spend a lot of time on the bench. On the defensive end, Wroten needs to become more disciplined as an off ball defender.
2011-2012 Statistics: 16 ppg, 5 rpg, 3.7 apg
NBA Comparison: Tyreke Evans
Andre Drummond 6’10″ Power Forward/Center – Connecticut
Strengths: Drummond is an intriguing physical specimen. His body structure draws comparisons to a young Dwight Howard, with his broad shoulders and mature physique. I high school scouts would often say Drummond looked like a man amongst boys. In college, not much changed. When engaged, Drummond was one of the most dominant big men since Greg Oden. He has great touch around the basket, which is where he is most comfortable. He is a strong rebounder and an elite shot eraser. His offense will take a few years to develop but he will be an excellent defender immediately.
Weaknesses: Drummond’s offensive game needs a lot of work. When he was not around the basket, he often looked lost. He also needs a go-to move in the post. His biggest flaw is his free throw shooting. He only made 29% of his free throws and for a player of his physique, I can guarantee he will be getting fouled a lot at the next level.
2011-2012 Statistics: 10 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.7 bpg
NBA Comparison: Derrick Favors
John Henson 6’11″ Power Forward/Center
Strengths: Henson is very skilled for his size. Going into college, many believed he would eventually transition into a combo forward. Instead, he continued to grow and became a shot blocking specialist. He has long legs and runs the floor in long strides, often beating his opponent down the floor. He has a decent mid range jump shot out to about 17-feet. He has developed nice finesse post moves, utilizing his long arms for a hook shot and smooth footwork in his up and under. His offensive game is not consistent, but he will push for an NBA starting job with his defensive presence and rebounding.
Weaknesses: Henson is very thin. His body is built like an old-school big man. He will need to get a lot stronger, specifically in his lower body if he is going to play in the paint at the NBA level. His mid range jump shot is decent, but because of his lack of strength, he will likely have to play away from the rim on offense. A consistent elbow jump shot would do him wonders.
2011-2012 Statistics: 13.7 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 2.9 bpg
NBA Comparisons: Marcus Camby