Zach LaVineHt/Wt: 6' 5" / 180 lbs
2014 Draft Profile - Zach LaVineZach Lavine has the game that scouts drool over. Unlike other top prospects, Lavine is unable to showcase as much by sharing the floor with other NBA caliber teammates. Somewhat of a late bloomer, Lavine was raised as a PG who can score, he hit a growth spurt to ideal height and length of a SG (6ft5). Lavine has the handle of a PG and can take his man off the dribble or pull up from deep range. He can also look like a true SG who can run off screens and hit 3s from deep with a beautiful release. Zach plays above the rim, can also slash when there is a crease in the defense or finish in transition. He plays with a quiet confidence.
Zach is almost 19, needs to add weight. Is not showing great effort on defense or getting experience to carry his team in college. Also needs to work on his off hand.
Zach has an All Star ceiling for sure but going into the league he might struggle to develop if he is not a scoring option. There is a number of star players that he can compare to; Russell Westbrook, Monte Ellis, Jamal Crawford, even Steph Curry.
Player profile submitted by: Tom Patterson - March 7th
The most intriguing prospect in college basketball this season may be hidden right here in Los Angeles.
Although this freshman wasn’t as heralded by recruiting experts as some of his peers, Zach LaVine is a name that has been known for quite some time by the scouts.
The UCLA Bruin has skyrocketed up the prospect chart due to being a 6’5? explosive guard who can play either the one or the two.
Sounds familiar doesn’t it? An explosive combo type guard coming out of UCLA? It would be easy to draw a comparison to Russell Westbrook, but the scary thing is he might ACTUALLY play like him.
Like Westbrook, LaVine is an athletic freak who can get up and down the court and jump out of the gym. Look at this back door cut for an easy slam.
Although LaVine has come off the bench (like Westbrook had to his freshman year) he is still playing over 25 minutes a game. In that time the righty from Seattle is averaging 12.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists.
The most impressive thing about his game though may be his stroke from the three-point line. He’s shooting over 45% from deep but looks ultra confident in his shot whether it be coming off a curl screen or being wide open off a broken play. Wasn’t that one of Westbrook’s negatives coming into the league? He seems to shoot it okay now I’d say.
Another reason why he is being labeled as the next coming of Westbrook is his late blooming. Westbrook wasn’t a household name when he stepped onto campus in Westwood. LaVine has already grown two inches in the last year, and that’s a scary thought.
With the Bruins already having a point guard in Kyle Anderson, LaVine gets almost all of his minutes off the ball. But when he is attacking off the dribble and creating for others, there’s a hint that he definitely could be a one at the next level. Though he would still have to prove that he can run an offense and get others going consistently, this is one reason NBA Executives seem to be falling in love with LaVine more and more.
The long arms and quickness of LaVine also translates to the defensive side of the ball just as well. He seems to take pride in his defense and doesn’t just focus on where his next shot will come from. This is a great trait to have when your strongest part of your game is getting out into transition and making highlight reel dunks like this one against a now nationally ranked Missouri team.
Player profile submitted by: Elliot Cook of Lakers Nation - Jan. 10th
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