DraftExpress.com picks...Jamaal Franklin (6-5, 191 lbs, 21 years old). Shooting Guard, San Diego State
Previous selections: Daric Saric (SF, Croatia), Reggie Bullock (G/F, North Carolina)
KnicksNow: Franklin is an NBA shooting guard prospect, but that is more a function of his size than his skill set. At San Diego State, he was essentially a 6-5 point forward in a four-guard offense tasked with doing just about everything for his team to win. He led the Aztecs in scoring, assists, rebounds, and steals per game thanks to his great tenacity and constantly-running motor.
His best attribute as a pro prospect is his physical build -- his great size and length for an NBA 2-guard should make the transition to the NBA game easier for him than most rookies -- and well-rounded game. He pulled down 9.4 rebounds a game and shows great instincts as a passer and facilitator, in addition to what scouts see as incredible defensive potential.
He'll have to work on his shooting stroke to fulfill the responsibilities of a prototypical starting shooting guard, but history tells us that shooting is a skill that can improve as a pro. Franklin shot under 30 percent from three as a junior, but with a player in his situation, who was asked to do so much for his team, it wouldn't be surprising to see him develop a jumper once he commits to a full-time professional development program.
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