Draft 2010 | Greg Monroe



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Name: Greg Monroe
Age: 19
College: Georgetown
Position: Power Forward / Center
Height: 6-11
Weight: 240
Class: Sophomore
Stats
Year Minutes Points Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals FG% FT% 3PT%
2009-10 34.2 16.1 9.6 3.8 1.5 1.2 .525 .660 .259
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Meet Greg Monroe
Strengths
Mr. Versatility is a highly intriguing prospect with a variety of skills to pack up and take to the NBA next season. The endless list of strengths starts at Greg Monroe's extraordinary court vision for a big man. Most players his size keep their head down and focus on reaching the rim but Monroe surveys the floor and finds open teammates in the half court set or in transition like a point guard. Monroe can score by either posting up on the blocks or shaking a slower power forward near the 3-point line for a driving bucket. His left-handed shot is difficult to defend despite not launching many jumpers at the college level. The Georgetown sophomore forced turnovers by snatching steals and swatting blocks, which are attractive attributes for NBA squads.

By Jonah Ballow
Weaknesses
At Georgetown, Monroe played in a strict offensive system without the creative freedom to completely utilize his talents. Scouts would like to see more aggression at times, taking a score-first mentality instead of searching for less talented teammates to generate offense. He seems to favor the left-hand and struggle when defenders force him to the right side of the floor. Turnovers are a point of contention as they increased by 35 in 2009-10. Aside from his lengthy physique, Monroe is not a super athletic specimen, judging by NBA standards. He will need to improve his low-post game and build more upper body strength to face power forwards in the league.

By Jonah Ballow
How would he howl?
Monroe's high upside, versatility, and passing skills are hard to ignore when considering this combo forward. Again, Minnesota is set at the forward position, unless Monroe can play the 3 spot, which is unlikely for a 6-11 big man. At the high post, he could work well to distribute the ball down to Al Jefferson or Kevin Love. For his first season in the league, Monroe would be better suited to jump off the bench and contribute as a role player.

By Jonah Ballow
His Game Resembles
NCAA Tournament
Draft Profiles
Chad Ford's Top 100
"Monroe's draft stock has been all over the place this year. But this is what's important. He began the season projected as a Top 10 pick and he ended his season at Georgetown in the same place. While scouts wrung their hands of his lack of conditioning at the start of the season and his tendency to disappear at times, many more fell for his high basketball IQ, passing ability and improved play on both ends of the court. Monroe's lack of explosive athleticism hurts his ceiling, but he's so skilled, he should be a great fit in the right system."

Draft Express
"ver the course of the season, Greg Monroe has slowly but surely risen up the draft boards of scouts and executives across the country, as he’s played excellent all-around basketball for the Hoyas, showing a level of assertiveness in all areas of the game so many felt was absent last season."

NBADraft.net
"Multifaceted lefty big-man with the skill set of a guard ... The Georgetown's Princeton style offensive system goes through him making him the primary decision maker ... Unique set of skills. Excellent passer, almost unselfish to a fault. Displays great court vision and knowledge of teammates positioning on the court (2.7 assists per game) ... Sneaks passes into extremely tight quarters with perfect placement ..."
Mock Draft Recap
Ford's Mock Draft
No. 9 to Utah

Draft Express
No. 6 to Golden State

NBADraft.net
No. 7 to Detroit


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