UCLA Guard Zach LaVine an Intriguing Prospect for NBA Teams

Athletic 19-year-old shows tremendous potential
by Aaron Lopez

Last June, Zach LaVine had yet to play a college game at UCLA.

One year later, he is on the precipice of realizing his dream of playing in the NBA.

“I’m a little young,” the 19-year-old said after a predraft workout for the Denver Nuggets over the weekend. “Just last year, I was graduating high school. I’ve been on my grind to be the best player I can. I know I’m young player, but I’m going to try to get better.”

An athletic playmaker who can run the floor, defend multiple positions and knock down 3-pointers, LaVine is an intriguing prospect for teams preparing the June 26 NBA Draft.

At 6-foot-5, 180 pounds LaVine can play point guard and shooting spot. He compares his style of play to Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry.

“I’m not saying I’m anywhere as close to (those) guys yet,” LaVine said. “If I put those three guys into my game, I feel like I’m going to have a good career. I’m definitely going to work on all that.”

Like dozens of other potential NBA prospects, the predraft schedule has been a whirlwind for LaVine, who worked out for the Boston Celtics on Friday and was on the court for the Nuggets in Denver 24 hours later.

“I’ll forget what day it is sometimes,” he said. “I have to look in my calendar every once in a while. I’m enjoying the process. You only get to go through it one time. I’m just trying to take it all in."

On June 26, the projected first-round pick will see his hard work pay off as he starts the next chapter of his basketball career.