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Jamaal Franklin

  • Full Name: Jamaal Franklin
  • Position: Shooting Guard / Small Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-5 / 191
  • Birthdate: July 21, 1991
  • College: San Diego State
Memphis Grizzlies Round 2: Pick 41

- Grizzlies Draft Review

- Explosive jumper
- Good midrange game
- Gets into the lane and draws contact
- Makes free throws
- Good passer
- Excellent rebounder
- Competes

- Some scouts consider him an undersized three man
- Perimeter shot needs to be more consistent

NBA projection
Franklin will more than likely be taken late in the first round. He’s got NBA explosiveness, toughness and competitive drive, but some scouts see him as a tweener—a man without a position. That will change if Franklin improves his jump shot. It’s not a question of touch; he makes a high percentage of his free throws. That bodes well for improvement from the perimeter.

2012-13 Season
Franklin earned All-Mountain West first-team honors for the second straight season as he helped lead the Aztecs to the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive season. Franklin was consistent, scoring in double figures in 31 of 33 games, including 20 or more points 11 times. He also rebounded in double figures 14 times and was San Diego State’s leader in that stat in 25 games. And in 16 games, he led the Aztecs in assists.

Key statistics
17.0 ppg | 9.5 rpg | 3.3 apg | 2.0 tpg | 1.6 spg | 33.1 mpg | .413 FG | .280 3PT | .786 FT

Cool statistic
Franklin was the only player in Division I to lead his team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals.

Reminds me of...
Will Barton

What Insiders Say
San Diego State coach Steve Fisher
"Jamaal does what every coach expects but doesn't always get. He gives you maximum effort every second he's out there, and it's not 100 percent what you want, but you're not going to ever fault him for effort. And I think that permeates through the whole team. He is a guy that when you say you can't do this, he works that much harder to prove that he can.”

What Outsiders Say
Fresno State coach Rodney Terry
“He is a versatile player that can play the three or the four and he is a tough matchup, not just for us but for everyone in this league.”

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