Jeremy Sochan is another example in this year’s NBA draft of a player simply playing his part.
Sochan, a native of Milton Keynes, England, played his only collegiate season with Baylor under coach Scott Drew. Throughout the season, Sochan has left its mark. The season ended with him being named the sixth Big 12 Man of the Year.
He didn’t explode on the stat sheet, but once he was pulled from the Bears lineup, his absence is felt. In his freshman season, he averaged 9.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. He also shot a super-efficient 47.4% from the field, a big plus for any lineup. His 3 point shooting could be improved as he was below the 30% mark.
“I look forward to showing NBA teams how mature my game is for my age and how fast I learn and adapt to new places,” Sochan told ESPN. “Also my consistency and how I can get involved on the offensive.”
On the defensive end of the floor, his agility allows him to defend a handful of positions. In a league where defensive switches are more common than ever, this ability is crucial for a draft pick.
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Sochan, a power forward, is propelled to his success by his 6ft 9, 230lb frame. With the Thunder lacking in depth, Sochan could immediately help the missing area instead of maintaining a roster full of guards.
Sochan has only started one collegiate game so it might be a long shot that he’s an instant starter in the NBA, but he’s proven his impact will be high off the bench too. Launching could still be in sight, however, depending on the other moves Thunder may be making.
OKC owns two lottery picks, one in the top five and one in the last leg of the lottery. Sochan is a predicted late top 10 spot or later in the lottery, giving the Thunder a chance to be available when the second of the two picks rolls around.
Sochan still has to grow in his game. But his athleticism and size are incorrigible, making him a valuable lottery pick.
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