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NBA draft profile: Kentucky forward Edrice Adebayo

Olivia Healy
June 15, 2017 - 1:05 pm

As part of WEEI.com's coverage of the 2017 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of prospective picks. The Celtics have amassed four picks: 1, 37, 53, and 56. The draft will be held June 22 at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

Name: Edrice “Bam” Adebayo

Position: Forward

Hometown: Little Washington, NC

College: Kentucky

Age: 19

Height: 6-foot-10

Weight: 245 pounds

Wingspan: 7-foot-2 3/4

Key 2016-17 stats:13 points, 8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks

Scouting Report: Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, as a freshman, was the only Wildcat to start all 38 games and was named to the All-SEC second team in addition to the SEC all-freshman team. He surpassed Anthony Davis’ dunking record of 92 with 101 of his own, and led the Kentucky team with eight double-doubles.

Adebayo shot an impressive 60.1 percent from the field, all of which were two-pointers, and averaged 30.1 minutes during his freshman campaign. He averaged just 4.9 rebounds per game, which seems low for players in the same position. On the offensive glass, he does a great job getting position, tracking down shots and finishing posessions. He constantly looks for the alley-oops off of pick-and-rolls or any penetration from the guards.

His weakness is apparent from the charity stripe where he shot just 65.3 percent. Adebayo doesn’t have a true back to the basket game with a go-to move. Also, he doesn’t post up hard on the block and is easily displaced or pushed up the lane. When he does get pushed out of position, he looks uncomfortable and forces shots or interior passes.

Defensively, he lacks aggression on the weakside and in one-on-one situations. He averaged 1.5 blocks, but has the ability to be a bigger presence. At just 19 years, his athleticism makes up for his undefined skill set at this time.

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“The key to Bam is, Bam doesn’t know [how talented he is],” Kentucky’s associate head coach Kenny Payne told NBA.com. “He’s come a long way, but we won’t see it at Kentucky. He hasn’t scratched the surface of how good he can be.”

A team that wants to develop a raw player would benefit by drafting Adebayo in the late first or early second round. The Celtics could be in the market for an athletic player depending on what they do with 2016 draft picks Guerschon Yabusele and Ante Žižić. 

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