Wesley
Iwundu
Position: SG
Height/Weight: 6'7" / 205 lbs
School/Club: Kansas State
Status: Senior
Birthday: December 20, 1994

About Wesley Iwundu

Iwundu has a toolbox full of skills that could help him earn a nice living in the NBA, but there’s one that stands out. “Defense is something I’ve prided myself on since I’ve been playing basketball,” Iwundu once said. He’s well equipped for the task, too. At 6-7 with a 7-foot wingspan, he’s got the necessary length. He’s also an NBA-level athlete. He could stand to get bigger, so stronger NBA wings don’t overpower him, but Iwundu also has a history of working to get better. He spent last summer trying to become a more consistent jump shooter and improved to the point where he had to be respected from 3. Iwundu won’t be counted on to score, though. He’ll find a fit as a defensive stopper and also someone who’s versatile enough to play three positions, including the point.

Strengths

  • Great length for an NBA wing
  • Elite athlete
  • Versatile
  • Defensive potential
  • Good rebounder
  • Solid handle
  • Good facilitator

Weaknesses

  • Needs to become a more consistent jump shooter
  • Has to get bigger and stronger
  • Motor and consistency have been questioned at times

NBA projection: Iwundu has a chance to sneak into the first round, but he’s generally considered a second-round pick.

2016-17 Season
Talk about versatility: Iwundu led Kansas State in 15 statistical categories. Among those were scoring and rebounding as he helped lead the Wildcats back to the NCAA tournament, where they defeated Wake Forest in the First Four before losing to Cincinnati. Iwundu was a third-team All-Big 12 pick for the second consecutive year, and he was also voted K-State’s MVP. Iwundu was one of only four players in the league to earn Academic All-Big 12 first-team honors and either first-, second- or third-team All-Big 12.

Key statistics: 13.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.4 apg, 2.0 tpg, 1.0 spg, 32.1 mpg, .481 FG, .376 3PT, .767 FT

Cool statistic: Iwundu is the first player in school history to amass 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists and 100 steals in a career. Mitch Richmond (1987-88) and Iwundu are the only players in school history to record 400 or more points, 200 or more rebounds and 100 or more assists in a season.

Reminds me of: Jordan McRae

What Insiders Say
Kansas State coach Bruce Weber

“He can do so many things. He wants the ball and wants to take the game over when we need him.”

What Outsiders Say
Washington State coach Ernie Kent

“When you have somebody with that kind of length on him, it can cause problems. I thought we did a good job with him in the zone in the first half by not allowing him to get into the lane or to the basket. In the second half, they started to break us down a little bit more defensively. It gave them an opportunity to open up driving lanes. He is hard to guard that way with that size, unless you have a big guard on him.”

 

Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. You can email him here, follow him on Twitter and listen to the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Hour.

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