NBA projection: O’Bryant, who left LSU with a year of eligibility remaining, has been projected in the second-round-to-undrafted category.
O’Bryant was an All-SEC first-team selection for the second consecutive season after racking up eight 20-plus scoring games and eight double-doubles. He finished ninth in the league in scoring, fifth in rebounding and fourth in field-goal percentage. He was also durable, averaging 30 minutes and playing more than 1,000 minutes (1,020) for the first time in his career.
Key statistics: 15.4 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.6 apg, 3.1 tpg, 30.0 mpg, .496 FG, .500 3PT, .634 FT
Cool statistic: O’Bryant gave scouts something to consider while playing three times this season against Kentucky and its front line of future NBA players, scoring 29, 20 and 18 points in two regular-season games and an SEC tournament game.
Reminds me of: Paul Millsap
What Insiders Say
LSU coach Johnny Jones
“Once he really bought in in terms of mixing it up -- his ability to play inside and out, getting the ball to the basket, getting to the free-throw line -- once he became comfortable with that, it allowed him to really make an impact on our team and our league. He ultimately decided that he had the opportunity to continue to develop at a quick rate, and that would position him better with the draft.”
What Outsiders Say
Former Missouri coach Frank Haith
“We were trying to change things up in how we guarded him. We didn’t want him to have any rhythm. He’s that good. We wanted to keep him off balance.”
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LSU junior Johnny O'Bryant III made a name for himself as a physical presence in the SEC, earning first-team honors in his last two seasons in Baton Rouge. He averaged 15.4 points and 7.7 rebounds last season, with eight double doubles. He could certainly get a second-round look.
"He definitely had that Pro Ready body," said a coach whose team played LSU this past season. "Skilled back to basket. Motor was okay, but I saw someone that would make a team and have a chance down the line if he's a worker." More>>