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If it weren't for two specific holes on his resume, we could be talking about Elfrid Payton as a potential lottery pick.
And with a strong predraft season, he might be able to fill some of those holes with promise, hope and upside.
He has an awfully appealing blend of size, athleticism and quickness for a point guard. He averaged 19.2 points, six boards and 5.9 assists this season, and he was named the Lefty Driesell Defensive Player of the Year.
But Payton can't shoot—he hit just 30 three-pointers combined over the past two seasons, and his mid-range jumper and free-throw stroke were both unreliable.
However, we've seen him connect when set and in rhythm. He's capable of knocking them down, and if he looks comfortable and competent as a shooter in workouts, it could lead scouts to believe there's room for improvement. And shooting just happens to be a skill that traditionally improves over time.
The other hole in his resume appears under the competition section—his phenomenal stat line came in the Sun Belt Conference, and against Baylor and Louisville earlier in the year, he combined to shoot 9-of-30.
But he'll get the opportunity over the next two months to play side-by-side with or against some of the top power-conference point guards in the country. This should be a good chance for Payton to shine against physically inferior guards like Syracuse's Tyler Ennis and Connecticut's Shabazz Napier—two of his biggest draft-day challengers.