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NBA Draft profile: R.J. Hunter

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NBA Draft profile: R.J. Hunter

CSNwashington.com's coverage leading up to the 2015 NBA Draft will include profiles of prospects as well as their potential fit on the Wizards. Washington currently owns the 19th and 49th selections.

R.J. Hunter, SG, Georgia State

6'6" | 185 lbs. | 21 years old

2014-15 stats:

19.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.1 steals, 37.2 minutes

Projection:

14 to 25

Competition:

Rashad Vaughn (UNLV), Justin Anderson (Virginia)

Details:

Burst into national scene with a super-long, game-winning, buzzer-beating 3-pointer in the NCAA Tournament that stunned third-seeded Baylor and knocked his injured and coaching father off his stool. Yet the playmaking guard isn't a newcomer to the scouting circuit. ...Selected CAA Rookie of the Year before winning back-to-back Player of the Year honors in the Sun Belt after Georgia state switched conferences. ...Has the length (6-foot-11) and instincts to become a strong defender, but it's his work on the offense end that draws attention. ...Don't let his 29.8 percent on 3-pointers last season fool you. The streaky shooter has great range - and opposing teams knew this, making the Indianapolis native the focal point of their defensive schemes. He attempted 7.4 per game, sinking 2.2. Those numbers are in line with his previous seasons, but Hunter sank 40 percent as a sophomore. ...Somewhat limited athletically compared to other wings in the draft, which gives him less margin of error in terms of getting off his own shots. ...Thrives in big spots. Didn't just make the game-winning basket against Baylor, but scored 12 of his 16 total points in the final 2:39 as the Panthers closed the game with a 13-0 run. ...Lots of personality combined with leadership qualities.

He said it:

"Being a coach's son and a captain alone, it's extra pressure, so I had to learn how to react to coaching for me and my teammates. I feel I'm a good leader, I think I'm a proven leader and I'm a good teammate. Coach's sons, the perception is we're spoiled, we don't get along with our team, stay off campus, but I was always with my team, always involved with my team so I'm ready to show that."-- Hunter (via CSNchicago.com)

Fit for the Wizards

If the Wizards aren't set on taking a big man, Hunter might be the ideal pick considering team needs and the modern NBA. His size and length would allow Coach Randy Wittman to use the rookie with John Wall and Bradley Beal in three-guard sets. His playmaking ability would allow the offense to run through him when needed. Talented and gutsy. Heat-check type scorer could help a second-unit that often lacked a go-to point-producer. Would also provide Wittman with a backcourt scoring option on the wing if Beal misses games due to injury for a fourth straight season.  Mock drafts are 50-50 whether Hunter will be on the board at 19. Several teams picking ahead of the Wizards including the Thunder, Celtics, Bucks and Rockets could also use a deep shooter with size.

(Sidebar - I've watched Hunter since his freshman season from my days of covering George Mason in the CAA. Have tracked his career and waited for him to turn pro ever since. Previously wrote that Hunter reminds me some of an extrovert Otto Porter with deeper range because both are long and possess great instincts. Landing with the right or wrong team can make all the difference in terms of development, but I'd be stunned if Hunter doesn't find a niche/make a splash on the NBA level.)

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Wizards 2018 NBA Draft prospect profile: Jerome Robinson

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Wizards 2018 NBA Draft prospect profile: Jerome Robinson

The Washington Wizards hold the 15th and 44th overall picks in the 2018 NBA Draft. Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects projected to be picked around where the Wizards will select...

2018 NBA Draft Wizards Prospect Preview: Jerome Robinson

School: Boston College
Position: Shooting guard
Age: 21
Height: 6-5
Weight: 188
Wingspan: 6-7
Max vertical: N/A

2017/18 stats: 20.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.9 spg, 0.1 bpg, 48.5 FG%, 40.9 3PT% (2.3 3PT/5.7 3PA), 83.0 FT%
Player comparison: Danny Green
Projections: NBC Sports Washington 29th, NBADraft.net 16th, Bleacher Report 19th, Sports Illustrated 17th

5 things to know:

*A three-year player at BC, Robinson developed into a big-time scorer before making the leap to the NBA. He averaged 18.7 points as a sophomore and then 20.7 points as a junior while improving his shooting percentages across the board. He went from 42.3 percent from the field as a sophomore to 48.5 in 2017-18.

*Robinson turned himself into an excellent three-point shooter. After shooting just 33.3 percent as a sophomore, he got that up to 40.9 percent as a junior and on 5.7 attempts per game. That trajectory bodes well for Robinson's chances at the next level.

*He has a quick release on his jumper, giving him the ability to be effective on catch-and-shoot plays off screens. Robinson could develop into a reliable scorer who doesn't need the ball in his hands as a primary focus of the offense. He also showed the ability to throw down some powerful dunks and finish with creativity at the rim. He didn't record a vertical leap at the NBA Combine, but playing above and around the rim didn't appear to be a problem in college.

*Though it didn't show in his last season at Boston College, Robinson was adept at forcing turnovers in his first two years. He averaged 1.6 steals per game across his freshman and sophomore seasons and 16 times in his career had three steals or more in a game.

*Questions for Robinson would include his versatility and speed. Some draft evaluators wonder if he will be able to get separation off the dribble at the NBA level. Also, he put up decent rebounding and assists numbers in college but didn't exactly stand out in either category.

Fit with Wizards: Robinson would give the Wizards depth at the shooting guard position and they need that. He could help Bradley Beal pare down his minutes and offer a scoring punch off the Wizards' bench. The Wizards could use a reliable shooter to help space the floor for Kelly Oubre, Jr. and others in the second unit.

The problems with Robinson's fit would be his lack of positional versatility and what appears to be a relatively low ceiling. He's not the freak athlete that some of his counterparts are at shooting guard. If the Wizards are choosing between Robinson and guys like Zhaire Smith and Lonnie Walker IV, they could view the latter two as more enticing because of their potential. Robinson would represent a safer pick while others could pay off big-time and have a greater impact on the franchise in the long-term.

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More draft prospect profiles:

Kevin Knox, PF, Kentucky

Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan State

Robert Williams, PF/C, Texas A&M

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky

Zhaire Smith, SG, Texas Tech

Landry Shamet, PG/SG, Wichita State

Gary Trent, Jr., SG, Duke

Lonnie Walker IV, SG, Miami

Anfernee Simons, PG/SG, IMG Academy

Khyri Thomas, SG, Creighton

Chandler Hutchison, SG/SF, Boise State

Kevin Huerter, SG, Maryland

Mitchell Robinson, C, Western Kentucky

Troy Brown, SG/SF, Oregon

Donte DiVincenzo, SG, Villanova

Moritz Wagner, PF/C, Michigan

Aaron Holiday, PG, UCLA

Keita Bates-Diop, SF, Ohio State

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Draft prospect profiles on Moe Wagner, Michael Porter, Jr., Grayson Allen and more

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Draft prospect profiles on Moe Wagner, Michael Porter, Jr., Grayson Allen and more

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes was joined by Nick Ashooh and Stefon Marquis to talk NBA Draft. 

They broke down five prospects and their potential fit with the Wizards: Moe Wagner of Michigan, Michael Porter, Jr. of Missouri, Grayson Allen of Duke, Collin Sexton of Alabama and Omari Spellman of Villanova.

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