One of the most intriguing NBA prospects heading into the 2012 draft is Ohio State's Jared Sullinger.
Sullinger is the wild card of the lottery as he could go as high as No. 5 to Sacramento or could slip to the very end of the lottery due to concerns about athleticism and conditioning.
If there was a player that needed some good news coming out of the NBA combine, it's Sullinger, and his measurements should help his stock as the draft nears.
Here are Sullinger's specifics from the combine, and a look at his collegiate highlights and how his skills will translate to the NBA.
Sullinger has an NBA body, but his actual height could effect his draft stock. He got some good news Thursday, measuring at 6'9" as CBSSports.com senior basketball writer Jeff Goodman posted via Twitter.
Jared Sullinger said he was measured at 6-9 with shoes. That's significant.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) June 7, 2012
According to Chad Ford's draft profile on ESPN, Sullinger is listed at 280 pounds.
Sullinger had a great two-year career at Ohio State, averaging 17.3 points and 9.7 rebounds, while shooting 53 percent from the floor.
This video, via Swishscout.com gives a very detailed look at Sullinger's game. It gives a great look at Sullinger's back-to-the-basket game as well as his explosiveness. You can see what outstanding footwork and positioning he has, as well as his ability to be a physical presence crashing the glass.
In this next video, courtesy of BlakeAtkins22, you get a look at how Sullinger does against good competition, as he scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a November game against a very good Duke Blue Devils team, who at that time were ranked No. 4 in the nation.
There's a lot to be liked about Sullinger's game as I feel he has the most advanced post game of any big man entering the draft.
He knows how to use his big frame to his advantage and backs that up with excellent footwork and positioning. At 280 pounds, Sullinger can be a banger on the block and utilize a nice hook shot as easily as he can take his game above the rim.
In addition, Sullinger has a very soft touch around the rim, evident by shooting 53 percent from the floor throughout his college career. He has good leaping ability and that combination makes him very good converting tip-ins around the rim.
Sullinger also has a very good feel for the game, which should help him as a rebounder and defender in the NBA. He's a player that is rarely out of position and always seems to know what is going on around him.
My main concern with Sullinger is his athletic ability, as he's not the best athlete on the board and did have some problems at both ends of the floor dealing with athletic and bigger players, which is what he will see on a nightly basis in the NBA.
Yet he's a guy that knows how to play the game and how to finish. I don't know if he will ever put up bigger numbers in the NBA than he did in college, but Sullinger should be very productive playing the power forward position in the NBA for a very long time.
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