The Washington Wizards hold the 52nd overall pick in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. Who will they take? Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects projected to be picked around where the Wizards will select. Check back for more as we continue to get closer to the draft...
Name: Cameron Oliver
Position: Power forward
Age: 20 (turns 21 on 7/11)
2016/17 stats: 16.0 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.8 apg, 2.6 bpg, 0.8 spg, 46.5 FG%, 38.4 3PT% (1.9 3P/4.9 3PA), 69.2 FT%
Projections: DraftExpress 53rd, NBADraft.net 51st
5 things to know:
*Oliver was a defensive standout at Nevada. He averaged 8.9 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in his two years with the Wolf Pack. Oliver had four blocks or more 19 times in his two college seasons and three or more blocks 39 times.
*He can shoot threes especially well for a big man. After shooting 32.8 percent on just 1.9 attempts per game as a freshman, Oliver broke out as a sophomore by hitting 38.4 percent on 4.9 attempts. He had 21 games with multiple threes this year, including five in a conference tournament game and four in an NCAA Tournament game.
*Oliver had a terrific NBA Combine. Despite being slightly small for his position at 6-foot-8 with shoes, he has a 7-foot-1 wingspan. He also had a 39.5-inch vertical which is impressive for a power forward and especially one who weighed in at 239 pounds.
*Oliver is very good at dunking. As you can see in the highlight video below, he is an explosive athlete who can consistently make plays above the rim.
*He tore his ACL in high school and missed his junior season.
Fit with Wizards: The Wizards may not be in the market for a backup power forward given their needs at both guard positions, but Oliver would give them a young player with tons of potential to develop behind Markieff Morris and Jason Smith. Oliver presents no guarantees, but his ceiling could be too high to pass up depending on how the Wizards' draft board shakes out on June 22.
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