Isaiah Canaan, PG, Murray State
Canaan is a strong and explosive point guard from Biloxi, Mississippi. While he’s only 6-foot-0, he is predominantly a scoring guard. He averaged 21.8 points per game his senior year at Murray State, shooting 37 percent from 3-point range and 82.2 percent from the foul line. He was arguably the best player in the Ohio Valley Conference last season leading the Racers to the conference title game. He’s been compared to Jameer Nelson, a powerfully built former late first-round pick, and says he tries to emulate Clippers guard Chris Paul. Canaan attended one of Paul’s basketball camps as a high school student. He’s projected as an early to mid-second-round pick in a majority of mock drafts.
“Canaan doesn't possess an incredible first step, and isn't a tremendous athlete in general, but he is very quick with his dribble and maintains excellent control, allowing him to play faster with the ball in his hands than his overall athleticism would indicate,” Derek Bodner of Draft Express wrote. “He does a good job changing direction with his dribble, and has improved changing pace this year, something he didn't always do much of in previous years, but will be key if he hopes to have success at the next level.”
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