2021 NBA Draft Profile

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Thor

Round 2Pick 37
Drafted By:Detroit Pistons
Position
F
Height/Weight
6-10 / 205 lbs
School/Club
Auburn
Country
USA
Status
Freshman
Birthday
08/26/2002
Draft 2021

DRAFT TRADE:

Acquired by Hornets in trade with Pistons
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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
• One of only five NCAA Division I freshmen to finish the 2020-21 season with at least 250 points, 100 rebounds and 30 blocks.
• Was a five-star high school prospect in the 2021 recruiting class before reclassifying to begin his NCAA career a year early and join Auburn for 2020-21 season.
• Started all 27 games as a freshman at Auburn.

FRESHMAN (2020-21)
• Averaged 9.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.37 blocks in 23.3 minutes.
• Ranked eighth in the SEC in blocks per game.
• Scored in double figures in nine of the last 13 games.
• Registered five games with three or more blocks.
• Posted personal bests of five three-pointers and 24 points and a career-high-tying nine rebounds against Kentucky (Feb. 13).
• Recorded 15 points, nine rebounds, four blocks and three steals against Alabama (Jan. 9).

STRENGTHS
• Rare combination of size, length and quickness.
• Physical tools and instincts to be an elite defender.
• Can switch onto smaller players with ease.
• Shows flashes of range, handle and shot creation.

PERSONAL
• Parents are from South Sudan.
• Born in Nebraska, grew up in Alaska and played high school basketball in West Virginia and Georgia.
• High school teammate of fellow 2021 NBA Draft prospects Jonathan Kuminga (NBA G League Ignite) and Joshua Primo (Alabama) at Huntington Prep in West Virginia.
• Likes to watch Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

24/9
Against Kentucky on Feb. 13, Thor became the only freshman in the last decade to have at least 24 points and nine rebounds in a road game at Rupp Arena.

QUOTE
“He’s got some instincts. He’s got some feel. I tell you, he’s fun to coach. He’s a really good teammate. He’s willing to work.”
-Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl

— Profile by NBA Communications