COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
WEIGHT: 225 POUNDS
AGE: 18 YEARS OLD
POSITION: POWER FORWARD
2015-2016 STATISTICS: 13.7PTS, 5.4REB, 0.8AST
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: LATE LOTTERY TO EARLY 20’S
NBA DRAFT COMPARISON: MARKIEFF MORRIS
Like fellow teammate Dejounte Murray, Marquese Chriss has been steadily rising up draft boards as NBA scouts have taking a liking to the University of Washington freshmen.
Chriss is a bouncy 6’9″ Power Forward with excellent athletic ability. His first step is really quick for a big man and sports above average ball-handling. When watching his tapes. I believe with work he can possibly become a small forward. At worst he will become a “stretch 4” where his ability to make the mid-range shot along with his athletic ability will make him a valued commodity.
He has range out to 3-point land, although right now it isn’t NBA ready. He shows nice form on his jump-shot. The teenager is a very good rebounder as he can use his athletic ability at the college level to outmaneuver opposing defenders. He really thrives in an open court setting and this is where you see just what type of an athlete he is.
Like most young big men, Chriss needs to work on his foul-shooting. He tends to get in foul trouble often, mostly by being too aggressive on the defensive end of the court. He will need to get on a strict weight room regimen as it is imperative he gains muscle without losing his athleticism.
Marquese Chriss is a player not too many people had on NBA draft boards until the latter part of the college season. When watching him on film he definitely shows attributes that NBA teams will like. He is only 18 years old and won’t turn 19 for a couple more months.
While I believe he would be better served by going back to college for one more season, the temptation of being a first round draft pick will be to difficult to ignore. Whichever team drafts Chriss will have to wait a few years until his body and game fills out. However, he has a lot of potential and in time has the ability to turn into a very good NBA player. His best basketball is surely ahead of him.
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF MARQUESE CHRISS
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