At this time of year, teams are diving deep into their big remaining questions, doing as much work as they can (whether in personal workouts or detailed film study) to try to increase their confidence as much as possible in their draft evaluations. In that spirit, Cleaning the Glass will bring you one article a day until the draft, from myself or a contributor, focusing on a big question about a top prospect.
Today’s article comes from contributor Nick Sciria. Nick is currently a freshman basketball coach in Cleveland, Ohio and uses his free time to point out the nuances of basketball on his Twitter feed. You can follow him on Twitter here.
With the NBA draft just over a week away, Jaren Jackson Jr. remains one of the most intriguing prospects—to the point where teams may be willing to trade up to snag him. He has the defensive traits most coveted in a modern big man: length and mobility. But determining just how high he deserves to be drafted depends a lot on his offensive potential. A defensive big man who can roll and finish is valuable— but if he can also play on the perimeter and stretch the defense? That’s another matter entirely.