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Prospect Profile

Justin Harper

  • Full Name: Justin Harper
  • Position: Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-10 / 225
  • Birthdate: August 30, 1989
  • College: Richmond
Cleveland Cavaliers Round 2: Pick 32

** Traded to Orlando on Draft night

 

Strengths:

  * Great three-point shooter
  * Can score in the post
  * Can get separation with medium-range fade-away jumper
  * Good rebounder
  * Solid work ethic

Weaknesses:

  * Can get more consistent in the post
  * Be aggressive every day on the glass
 

NBA projection:
Harper can play the three because of his size and ability to shoot the three, but can he defend the position? Or, can he bulk up a bit more (he's not afraid of hard work in the weight room) and become a four man who can pick and pop or score in the post?

2010-11 season:
Harper earned first-team All-Atlantic 10 honors after finishing fourth in the league in scoring, 11th in rebounding, fourth in field-goal percentage, eighth in free-throw percentage, second in three-point percentage, fifth in three-pointers per game (2.1) and fifth in defensive rebounds per game (5.4). Harper helped lead Richmond to the A-10 Tournament championship and their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

Key statistics:
17.9 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.5 tpg, 1.3 bpg, 31.5 mpg, .543 FG, .465 3PT, .786 FT

Cool statistics:
Four players on the Richmond team can bench press more than 300 pounds, led by Harper at 330. … Harper led Richmond in three-pointers made, but he also tied for the team lead in old-fashioned three-point plays (seven).

Reminds me of:
Danny Granger, because of his inside-outside ability.

What Insiders Say:
Richmond assistant coach Kevin McGeehan
"He's been talented here since he got here. The day he stepped on campus, we knew he was unbelievably talented and gifted. His progression has a lot to do with hard work and confidence, his belief in his ability."

What Outsiders Say:
Dayton assistant coach Jon Borovich
"He's got an NBA body. [Players] are listed at 6-9, 6-10 when a lot of times they're really 6-7, 6-8. This guy's a legit 6-9. His arms go on forever. He's just tapping into his potential but has made drastic improvement in just a year's time span."

NBA Scouting's Ryan Blake
"He has exploded with his confidence. … He's opened some doors, and when he goes to Portsmouth, doors will open even further."

Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.

 

Richmond
Season G MPG FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT RPG APG SPG BPG PTS AVG
2007-08 29 8.6 36 80 .450 7 17 .412 1.3 0.1 0.2 0.2 95 3.3
2008-09 36 23.1 116 282 .411 54 80 .675 4.6 0.6 0.6 0.8 330 9.2
2009-10 35 25.0 140 290 .483 49 72 .681 5.4 1.0 0.8 0.9 371 10.6
2010-11 37 31.8 245 459 .534 94 118 .797 6.9 1.2 0.6 1.2 661 17.9
Totals 137 22.9 537 1111 .483 204 287 .711 4.8 0.7 0.6 0.8 1457 10.6
Three-point field goals: 2007-08, 16-for-43 (.372); 2008-09, 44-for-131 (.336); 2009-10, 42-for-122 (.344); 2010-11, 77-for-172 (.448). Totals: 179-for-468 (.382).

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