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Prospect Profile

Khris Middleton

  • Full Name: Khris Middleton
  • Position: Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-7 / 215
  • Birthdate: August 12, 1991
  • College: Texas A&M
Detroit Pistons Round 2: Pick 39
 

Strengths:
*Length
*Sees the floor well
*Good rebounder
*Good passer
*Great midrange offensive game

Weaknesses:
*Will have to get bigger and stronger

NBA projection:
Middleton’s draft stock dipped as he battled knee injuries in his junior season. But before he was hurt, Middleton was regarded as a first-round pick. If he slips into the second round, some team will be getting a bargain, provided his knee is sound.

2011-12 Season:
Middleton’s season was plagued from the beginning. He injured his knee in the season opener against Liberty on Nov. 9, underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus and missed seven games. He missed five more games in the middle of the Big 12 season after re-injuring his need against Oklahoma on Jan. 21. Middleton appeared in 20 games and started 17 times. He led Texas A&M in scoring nine times and reached double figures in 14 games.

Key statistics:
13.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.2 tpg, 1.0 spg, 28.8 mpg, .415 FG, .260 3PT, .750 FT

Cool statistic:
Ask Kansas if Middleton’s knee bothered him. This season, he scored 23 points against the Jayhawks in a late-February regular-season game, and two weeks later, he scored 24 against them in the second round of the Big 12 Tournament.

Reminds me of:
John Salmons

What Insiders Say:
Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy
“It’s been hard when you have your best player for a few games, but he’s not healthy and then you don’t have him. You like to build your team around your best players, and we were trying to do that during the season. You usually do that in the preseason.”

What Outsiders Say:
ULM coach Keith Richard
"I'd heard he was going to play [after missing seven games with a knee injury], and he was the story of the game. He really flexed his muscles in the second half and took that thing over. He’s tall. He can shoot. He can shoot over you. And he can move. He’s a great, great player.”

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.

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