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I'm not sure how many people are sleeping on Jamaal Franklin anymore, but this kid is guaranteed to make an impact regardless of where he's drafted.
Franklin's versatility as a scorer, passer, rebounder and defender allow him to contribute even when his jumper isn't falling. And right now, it's his shooting consistency that's holding him back.
But there's reason to believe this will come around. Though he only shot 28 percent from downtown this year, he did make 1.3 of them per game. Franklin is a capable shooter, he just needs to improve his consistency.
Otherwise, Franklin is the real deal across the basketball board. He's an exceptional athlete who can play on and off the ball and contribute on all fronts.
As a junior, he improved as a half-court scorer, adding the step-back jumper and fadeaway into his offensive arsenal. He also averaged over nine rebounds per game despite being just 6'5'', illustrating his motor and above-the-rim presence.
Franklin is also a willing and visionary passer. He led the team in assists, as well as scoring, rebounding and steals, being the only player in the country to do so.
He's my first-round sleeper of the draft, and someone I expect to make a quick impact once he reaches the next level.