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21 - Jamaal Franklin

San Diego St. 

  • Birthday: 6/21/91
  • NBA Position: SG/SF
  • Class: Junior
  • Ht: 6-5
  • Wt: 191
  • Hometown: Hawthorne, CA
  • High School: Westwind Prep International
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6

Overall

89

2013
Mock:  41

NBA Comparison: Will Barton/Hassan Adams

Strengths: Franklin was the head of the snake for SDSU’s attack on both ends of the court ... Standout length and activity level from the wing position ... High school high jumper. An explosive leaper off one-foot behind a head of steam ... Scoring average soared from 2.9 as a redshirt freshman to 17 as a junior, with feel for the action maturing dramatically in a short period of time ... Excellent mid-range stoke was on full display during opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament, off the dribble and the catch ... Innate cleverness finding buckets in the lane; uses his body to create release angles and cut off angles for defenders to disrupt ... Deceptive strength hiding behind those long sleeves- arrived on campus at 165 lbs. currently up to 205 ... Initiates and sells contact, gets to the free throw line nearly 7 times per game and converts there ... 38% score efficiency in ISO situations, specifically driving right from the top of the key (62%) ... Exhibits high IQ moving away from the ball, thriving as a slasher/cutter/lob recipient ... He has a knack for making plays in late clock situations and simply “finding a way”. The 28th leading rebounder in the nation at 9.5 per game, tied for 2nd amongst guards. Rebound and push. Did a better job of keeping his head up on penetration and finding open teammates as a junior (3.3 APG). A high-energy defender with alluring physical traits and 2/3 position versatility. He utilizes his length to play passing lanes aggressively (1.6 SPG). Despite being a master of nothing, brings many positive attributes to the floor ... He will turn 22 in July ...

Weaknesses: Some scouts question how well Franklin's game translates to the NBA level ... Described by detractors as a wild, undersized (6'5) combo forward that overpowers lesser athletes for mostly garbage baskets ... Doesn't seem to be able to fully utilize his explosiveness in game situations (with contact) ... A far less dynamic athlete with ball in hand. Dribbles too upright and has difficulty turning the corner against pressure ... He gets by defenders as a result of length more so than elite quickness ... Does not convince that he possesses full trust in his handles or off-the-dribble repertoire ... Too much settling: 33% of isolation opportunities resulted in a jumper (not including pull-ups); despite shooting just 28% from three-point range attempted 4.5 per game ... Often forced into bizarre shot selection because of inefficient team offense ... Jump shot lacks elevation with feet spread far apart ... Surprisingly inefficient in transition at 0.9 PPP when commanding the break ... Not a natural playmaker and frequently careless (3.4 TO) when taking matters into his own hands ... His breakdown skills are unlikely to translate to the NBA level. Becoming a more consistent spot up shooting threat (30.1% FG) will be required to accompany his potential as a perimeter defender ... Length enables him to hound the ball, but lateral quickness and change of direction are average ... On court incident flipping off a fan, and reports came out (on college website) that he actually flipped off a ref after a charge call, which he denied, during first half of New Mexico game. Incident has not helped his cause as a character guy. Something he will no doubt have to account for during interview process ... His interviews will likely be instrumental in whether or not he lands in first round ...

Notes: Considered a boderline first round pick by NBA scouts ...

Adam Ganeles 5/1/13

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