2012 Draft Profile: Second Round

 

Editor's note: With the recent news of the Timberwolves trading their first-round pick to Houston, the Minnesota front office has now presumably turned their focus to the second round. Selecting 58th overall, the following is a group of prospects who have been in for workouts at the Target Center and who may fit the team’s needs.

PROSPECT: Quincy Acy 
POSITION: Small forward/power forward
SCHOOL: Baylor
CLASS: Senior
HEIGHT: 6’6"
WEIGHT: 225 lbs

  • Long and athletic, Acy can rise and finish above the rim off a dribble or a lob pass.
  • Very efficient scorer (57.7%), partly because he tries to dunk most of his shots near the hoop.
  • Undersized. Has the tools to play power forward, but just shy of a couple inches to really fit that spot.
  • Jumpshot is slow and inconsistent, something that will definitely have to change if he wants to be an NBA small forward.



PROSPECT: Jae Crowder
POSITION: Small forward/power forward
SCHOOL: Marquette
CLASS: Senior
HEIGHT: 6’6"
WEIGHT: 240 lbs

  • Height is a major drawback. Chad Ford (ESPN) describes him as, “a power forward that’s the size of a shooting guard.” Official, true height is probably more like 6’3” or 6’4”.
  • Very tough and aggressive player; not afraid to do the dirty work and collect difficult rebounds.
  • Highly efficient on both ends of the floor. “Deep stats” analysts love him.
  • Is the first and only Marquette player to have won Big East Player of the Year honors.



PROSPECT: Darius Johnson-Odom
POSITION: Shooting guard/small forward
SCHOOL: Marquette
CLASS: Senior
HEIGHT: 6’3"
WEIGHT: 215 lbs

  • Like his Marquette teammate Crowder, height is a drawback. His college position may have been small forward, but he shoots well and likely projects as a shooting guard in the NBA.
  • Has a good wingspan and is built well. Uses his size to be physical on the court.
  • Shot an insane 47% from three-point range as a sophomore. Went on as a junior and senior to shoot 36% and 38%, respectively. Is known for his catch-and-shoot ability.
  • Struggles a bit when shooting off the dribble but made steady improvement through college.



PROSPECT: Kyle O’Quinn
POSITION: Power forward/center
SCHOOL: Norfolk State
CLASS: Senior
HEIGHT: 6’10"
WEIGHT: 240 lbs

  • Rising stock; has performed well in front of various NBA scouts, especially at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.
  • Although not a great athlete, recorded an impressive 7’4” wingspan at a Nets group workout. Uses his length as a good shot-blocker/defender.
  • Had a monstrous 26-point, 14-rebound performance in helping 15th-seeded Norfolk State upset Missouri in 2012 March Madness.
  • Charismatic and interesting person. He may be picked as high as the late first-round or as low as the early-middle second.



PROSPECT: Miles Plumlee
POSITION: Center
SCHOOL: Duke
CLASS: Senior
HEIGHT: 7’0"
WEIGHT: 250 lbs

  • Ideal size for a center, standing at a true seven feet.
  • Physical and active with a good motor.
  • Brings a good rebounding presence and tested very well in vertical leap.
  • Needs to refine his offensive game. Only averaged 6.6 points per game as a senior.



PROSPECT: John Shurna
POSITION: Small forward
SCHOOL: Northwestern
CLASS: Senior
HEIGHT: 6’8"
WEIGHT: 220 lbs

  • Fits a very defined role that many NBA teams covet: tall, long-range shooter with a quick release. Shot 44% as a senior, often playing against tough competition (Big Ten Conference).
  • Has led his team in scoring for the last three seasons.
  • Crafty scorer inside the arc.
  • Very average athlete who lacks quickness and strength.