DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Denver Nuggets
About Jarred Vanderbilt
Jarred Vanderbilt is a long, athletic forward whose freshman season was derailed early by a foot injury and ended prematurely by an ankle injury. Possessing promising versatility, Vanderbilt was considered a consensus top-15 prospect in the high school class of 2017 making the rounds on the All-Star circuit as a senior turning in a particularly impressive showing at the Nike Hoop Summit. Despite missing considerable practice time and never getting much chance to establish a rhythm offensively, Vanderbilt emerged as an immediate contributor for the Wildcats once healthy doing a lot of little things helping handle the ball, rebounding at a strong rate, and guarding multiple positions on the defensive end.
- Measured 6’9 in shoes with a tremendous 7’1 wingspan and lean, but improving 217-pound frame prior to his freshman year last fall. Has solid size for a forward, great length, and tremendous all-around athleticism. Very explosive leaper with impressive quickness for his size and wiry strength.
- Did not play a particularly large role for the Wildcats offensively, but contributed in a couple of key areas. Made significant contributions on the glass on both ends and brought some welcomed toughness to the Wildcats’ frontcourt defensively.
Has terrific tools and potential as a defender especially if he can continue to get stronger. Length and lateral quickness could allow him to comfortably guard multiple positions. Allowed just 0.750 points per Isolation possession[56th percentile] showing impressive recovery speed sliding his feet to stay step-for-step with smaller players. Awareness off the ball and fundamentals have room to improve, which comes as no surprise given how much action he missed on the year. Had some positive moments blocking shots and competing on the glass and has the mentality to grow into a valuable stopper as he gains experience and his body matures.
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Ranked 11th among wings