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NBA Draft Ceiling: Late First Round in 2014, Mid-First Round in 2015
NBA Draft Floor: Second Round
Chris Obekpa was a swatting machine last season, blocking shots at a historic rate.
Think about this: Nerlens Noel was leading the country in shot-blocking before tearing his ACL, averaging 4.4 swats in 32 minutes.
Obekpa was No. 2 in the country at 4.1 blocks a game, which he did in only 26 minutes a night.
At 6'9'' with a monstrous 7'4'' wingspan, Obekpa has has great size, incredible length and excellent athleticism for a big man.
His timing around the rim is second to none—Obekpa's ability to quickly elevate off the ground and anticipate shots make him a dominant rim protector.
However, the rest of his game is rather raw, particularly on the offensive end. He's not much of a post threat or shooter, and though he's got the confidence to look for his shot, his conversion rates are poor.
At the end of the day, teams interested in Obekpa will be focusing on his shot-blocking prowess. He'll be viewed as a defensive specialist with long-term upside.
Whether Obekpa declares in 2014 or 2015, he'll do so with the first round in reach.