About Omari Spellman
Omari Spellman is a massively improved prospect whose dramatic weight loss during his redshirt year unlocked his potential as a high-efficiency floor spacing power forward. A consensus top-20 prospect in the class of 2016, Spellman was declared ineligible as a freshman, but dropped 30+ pounds from his frame before returning to the floor for the 2017-2018 season. Emerged as a regular starter for the eventual National Champions averaging 10.9 points and 8 rebounds per game while shooting 43% from beyond the arc and showing athleticism to earn Big East Rookie of the Year honors. Lifting Jay Wright’s Wildcats in several key spots during the 2018 postseason, Spellman emerged as a legitimate x-factor at the highest levels of college basketball only a year removed from tipping the scales at around 290 pounds.
- Measured 6’9.25 in shoes with a 7’2 wingspan and 254-pound frame at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine. Has good size for a power forward and a frame that still has room to improve to go along with impressive explosiveness that got noticeably better as he trimmed down.
- Added a significant dimension to the nation’s most efficient offensive team. Ability to space the floor from the center position made him a matchup problem at the college level. Flashed some potential as a pick and pop threat, post up scorer, and had a few very emphatic finishes on put backs and drives to rim attacking closeouts. Also contributed on the glass and defensively showing massive improvement in his approach on that end of the floor.
Capable interior defender who has a lot of room to improve away from the rim. Allowed 0.756 points per Post Up possession[65th percentile] competing against opposing big men and utilizing his length well on the block. Has some instincts as a rebounder. Blocks some shots on the ball and makes an occasional play protecting the rim on the weakside. Lack of experience limited his ability to guard on the perimeter. Will need to maximize his conditioning to put himself in position to succeed defensively long term. Made huge strides on this end of the floor compared to where he was two years ago, leaving some room for optimism.