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NBA draft prospect profile: Vanderbilt forward Luke Kornet

Sam Alberti
June 12, 2017 - 4:01 pm
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By Sam Alberti

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.

Luke Kornet

Position: PF/Center

Hometown: Lantana, Texas

College: Vanderbilt

Age: 21

Height: 7-foot-1

Weight: 240 pounds

Wingspan: 7-foot-2

Key 2016-17 stats: 13.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists,  2.0 blocks,  32.7 three-point percentage

Scouting report: Kornet enters the draft as a skilled, 7-foot-1 center with the potential to be a solid role player in the league. He has made a name for himself as a stretch big with the ability to knock down threes, averaging 1.5 made per game during his senior season. Despite a lack of quickness, with his size and feel for the game he has shown potential on the defensive side of the ball and has exibited great skill as a shot blocker, averaging two blocks a game.

As far as weaknesses, his jump shot is streaky, and as a result can be inconsistent in games. In regards to his defense, at only 240 pounds, he will need to add strength to defend opposing players better in the post. His lack of quickness is also a liability when in situations where he needs to help guard players on the wings.

Kornet is projected to go late in the second round or undrafted.

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