The 2017 NBA Draft is loaded with potential superstar guards, but a very talented big man just threw his name in the hat. Arizona freshman Lauri Markkanen plans to declare for the draft, according to Evan Daniels of Scout.com.
Markkanen, a seven-footer, hails from Finald. He averaged 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds for the Wildcast. He is known for his ability to shoot with a 42.3 three-point percentage on 4.4 attempts per game.
Markkanen figures to be a stretch four or five in the NBA. His long-term success will depend on how he can develop on defense as a rim protector and what else he can offer on offense. But a big man who can hit threes consistently is something every team would welcome.
Right now Markkanen is projected as the eighth overall pick by DraftExpress.com. Markannen follows other top prospects like Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and Dennis Smith, Jr. to make the leap to the NBA. Markkanen is expected to be the first big man selected.