WEIGHT: 225 POUNDS
POSITION: POWER FORWARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: EARLY TO MID SECOND ROUND
PLAYER SUMMARY: One of the most underrated players in the country is Cameron Oliver. Oliver is a sophomore who played at Nevada. The power forward declared for the draft with 2 years left of college to go.
While evaluating Cam Oliver, he shows a diverse overall game. He can play inside and outside. He surprised us with his athletic ability. The 6’8″ Oliver is a really good athlete who has the necessary strength and length to play in the NBA.
The 225 pounder has been a very good rebounder during his college career. Rebounding usually translates from the college game into the NBA. He also possesses great timing while blocking shots. His ability to guard multiple positions on the floor will make him a valuable player in time.
Oliver made a big leap in his shooting from freshman to sophomore years. While always being a very good and tough finisher at the rim, he expanded his shooting range this past season, which is a major reason he is getting serious attention from NBA scouts. He sports a very smooth shooting stroke. He can catch and shoot well for a big-man. His range has extended out to the 3-point line. However, in our opinion, he must continue to develop his outside shooting.
This will make him a more dangerous player and will keep defenders honest. He will also need to develop 1-2 low-post moves as he has gotten by with his athletic ability and strength at the college level. He has the talent to be able too. It will be a matter of how hard he works.
The sophomore played in college as a power forward. By NBA standards, he will be considered a “tweener”. This is why he must continue to develop his shooting range. The “stretch 4” might be his best position going forward.
We think Cam Oliver is very talented. We believe he would have been a possible top 15 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. The 2017 NBA Draft has so much talent that players will unfortunately drop.
Oliver possesses the ingredients to become a very good role player, possibly even a starter in a few years. His ability to defend both forward positions to go along with his high athletic ability, good rebounding skills, and developing shooting will get him drafted. While he will probably get drafted in the 2nd round, he is a very interesting prospect. He is the type of player NBA coaching staffs would love to work with. He is a young and talented big-man who is only starting to scratch the surface of his abilities.
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF CAM OLIVER
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