Prospect Profile: Willie Warren
We continue our series with a profile of Oklahoma guard Willie Warren.
An athletic and talented guard, Willie Warren has one of the highest ceilings in the 2010 NBA Draft. The problem for Warren, however, is that due to injuries and a disappointing campaign by the Oklahoma Sooners, his star isn’t shining as brightly as it did last year this time.
Nonetheless, 6-foot-4, 2008-pounder is still considered a top prospect that many teams will keep an eye on as June 24 approaches.
One year after finishing as the unanimous Big 12 Freshman of the Year, Warren averaged 16.3 points, 4.1 assists and 3.3 boards as a sophomore despite struggling with a bout of mono and a debilitating ankle injury. In fact, statistically speaking, his numbers improved in each of those three categories despite the loss of last year’s number one overall pick, Blake Griffin.
Arguably this year’s most athletic guard prospect, Warren has explosive hops and terrific ball-handling skills. Described by some as a “more athletic Jamal Crawford”, he is able to put the ball through the net from just about anywhere on the court, even if some of those shots are less than ideal. He also possesses the ability to be an able defender, but at this stage of his development, he struggles on that side of the ball.
Without a doubt, Warren has the ability to be a true game changer. While he may not be able to come in and play meaningful minutes right off the bat, his potential is so rich that whatever team drafts him might one day look back at his selection as a pivotal moment in the course of the franchise.
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