CHANDLER HUTCHISON 2018 NBA Draft Scouting Report
COLLEGE: BOISE STATE
WEIGHT: 195 POUNDS
POSITION: SHOOTING GUARD/SMALL FORWARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: LATE FIRST TO EARLY SECOND ROUND (UNDERRATED IN OUR OPINION)
More often than not, when you think of a player from Boise State University being selected in the first round of the draft, it’s usually from the school’s football team.
That being said, Broncos’ forward Chandler Hutchison is about to buck your preconceived notions. The former top-100 recruit, who ended up playing 2,883 minutes spanning 121 games at Boise State now finds himself in the mix for a late first-round selection in the upcoming 2018 NBA Draft.
After a slow start to his college career (he averaged less than seven points a game through his sophomore year), Hutchison had a breakout year as a junior in 2016-2017, averaging 17.4 points per game, shooting just under 50%, and hitting just under 38% of his three-point attempts. While he flirted with the idea of heading to the pro’s after that season, he decided to come back to Boise to finish out his collegiate career.
But stat-stuffers in college don’t always make for NBA players. That’s why what really makes Hutchison such an interesting prospect is the fact that he’s a 6’7 wing player who can score, play the pick-and-roll, pull down rebounds, and defend multiple positions on the other end of the floor.
In fact, some analysts believe that Hutchison might be the most intriguing true “wing” player in this draft, only behind Villanova’s Mikal Bridges. Between this combination of offensive aggression and defensive prowess, he could end up being an increasingly coveted player as we get closer to the draft.
The biggest knock on Hutchison is something of a double-edged sword: do you appreciate the fact that he’s a player who’s just starting to scratch the surface of his potential, or do you knock the fact that he’ll already be 22-and-a-half years old when this upcoming NBA season starts (for comparison: Hutchison is already three years older than Markelle Fultz, who’s just completing his first year in the NBA).
But for one of those teams picking in the second half of the draft, which means they’re very likely a winning team coming off a successful season, Hutchison’s combination of maturity with upside might make for an intriguing selection. If nothing else, he can already come to the league and start defending guards and wing players. He might have a penchant for getting into foul trouble, and not always making the best decisions with the ball, but the former can be coached and the latter can be taught, especially considering he would theoretically start off as a reserve player.
Again, there’s still plenty of untapped potential with Hutchison, as evidenced by the 32-point game he had at UNLV, and even more impressively, the 44 points and eight rebounds he had against San Diego State (a team who ended up playing in the NCAA Tournament). It’ll simply come down to whether a team is willing to understand that Hutchison is just an “older rookie” who needs to be viewed more as the latter and less as the former. If he goes to such a team, he could be a draft night steal.
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