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Jordan McRae

  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-5 / 179
  • Birthdate: 03/28/1991
  • College: Tennessee
Round 2: Pick 58
Drafted By: San Antonio Spurs (traded to Philadelphia 76ers)
 
Prospect Analysis

Strengths

  • Big-time scorer
  • Can get to the rim and finish with authority
  • Vastly improved 3-point shooter
  • Solid free-throw shooter
  • Improved defender

 

Weaknesses

  • Thin frame; has to get bigger and stronger

 

NBA projection: McRae has been projected in the second round to undrafted category, but during the postseason he showed signs of his next-level potential with his ability to finish at the rim and his improving defense.

 

2013-14 Season

McRae was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference pick by the league’s coaches. He led Tennessee in scoring, assists, blocked shots, free-throw percentage and 3-point percentage.

 

Key statistics: 18.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2.1 tpg, 32.2 mpg, .36 FG, .51 3PT, .788 FT

 

Cool statistic: McRae was only the third player in Tennessee history (along with Vincent Yarbrough and Wayne Chism) to pile up more than 1,200 career points, 300 rebounds, 150 assists and 75 blocked shots in a career.

 

Reminds me of: Jordan Crawford

 

What Insiders Say

Former Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin

“It’s amazing what confidence can do for you. He’s always been a talented guy, but now his confidence has really helped his overall game. He’s fluid in what he does now. He’s catching and shooting the ball, attacking on closeouts. Fluid, that’s the best word I can use to describe him.”

 

What Outsiders Say

Mississippi State coach Rick Ray

“The thing with Jordan McRae that makes him so hard to guard is if you put a smaller guy on him, he shoots over the top of him. If somebody with his length is guarding him, he does a good job of coming off screens. He’s a top-five player in the SEC, no question.”

 

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