BOZICH | How Louisville, Kentucky players measured (short) at NBA Draft Combine
Can Montrezl Harrell make it in the NBA as a 6-foot-7 power forward? Should NBA teams worry that Dakari Johnson's percentage of body fat was nearly 15?
Thursday, May 14th 2015, 1:43 pm EDT by
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Apparently, Tom Brady is in charge of measurements at the NBA Pre-Draft Combine in Chicago. Most of the local college basketball players appear to be deflated now that the NBA tape measure was pulled out.
Can you play power forward in the NBA at 6 feet 7?
Former University of Louisville star Montrezl Harrell will find out soon.
Will the Harrison Twins be as imposing at 6-4 ½ as they sounded when Kentucky listed them at 6-6?
Size matters in the NBA, but it is legitimate size. It's always a revealing moment when the league releases the official measurements from the combine. There is often a gap between the measurements listed in college media guides and press notes and what the NBA records.
Here is a look at the local players – and how they measured this week.
Montrezl Harrell, Louisville forward.
College: 6-8, 240 pounds
NBA Combine: Without shoes, 6-7. With shoes, add a half inch. His weight has jumped to 253, with a percentage of body fat at nearly 12 percent.
Consider it another sign that playing power forward will be a challenge for Harrell, especially when he is matched against players four or five inches taller who can make the 15 footer.
A plus for Harrell is that his wingspan was measured at 7-4 ¼ and only five guys had wider hands. But at his size, Harrell will have to upgrade his skills away from the basket to stay on the court for starters' minutes.
Terry Rozier, Louisville guard
Without shoes, 6 feet, ¾ inches. With shoes, 6-2 ¼. Rozier weighed 190, with a percentage of body fat of an impressive 5.6.
It's never been a secret that Rozier would be small at the shooting guard position in the NBA, but at least his college measurements were accurate. Give him bonus points for a wingspan of 6-8 ¼. Give him even more bonus points for remaining in shape. The guy can run forever.
But like Russ Smith, he'll have to force his way on an NBA roster, probably as a second-round pick.
Devin Booker, Kentucky guard
6 feet 6, 200 pounds.
Without shoes, 6-4 ½. With shoes, 6-5 ¾. Weighed 206, with 8.3 body fat percentage.
Chances are the Booker is still a growing guy, who should make it to at least 6-5, although his wingspan is only four inches more than his height. If the NBA Draft would have been scheduled in mid-February, Booker was a lottery pick. He's still as high as 12th on some mock drafts, but Booker will need good workouts to stay ahead of Sam Dekker, Kelly Oubre and Jerrian Grant.
Aaron Harrison, Kentucky guard.
6 feet 6, 212 pounds.
Without shoes, 6-4 ½. With shoes, 6-6. He weighed 209 with 6 percent body fat.
Harrison will only be average height for an NBA shooting guard. But that won't be the issue. The issue will be whether he's quick enough to create separation for his shot. Second round. Maybe.
Andrew Harrison, Kentucky guard.
6 feet 6, 210 pounds.
Without shoes, 6-4 ½. With shoes, add an inch. Weighed 213 with a 5.9 percent body fan.
Measured at 6-9, Andrew has an advantage of three-quarters of an inch in wingspan over his twin. He's got better measurable than his twin, an advantage for a point guard. But the NBA will be testing his agility and side-to-side speed until Draft Day.
Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky center.
6 feet 11, 255 pounds.
Like Duke center Jahlil Okafor, Towns was not measured in Chicago. He's still considered the frontrunner for the first selection.
Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky forward
7 feet, 242 pounds.
Without shoes, 6-11 ¼. With sneakers, 7 feet ½ inch. He weighed precisely 242 with a sparkling 6.3 body fat percentage.
Cauley-Stein should excel in all the measurements because he is a gifted athlete who has worked relentlessly at conditioning and physical development. His 7-3 wingspan is a major plus on defense. His challenge will be making jump shots and not backing away from contact.
Some people project as early as the fifth or sixth pick – and no later than No. 12.
Trey Lyles, Kentucky forward
6 feet 10, 235 pounds
Without shoes, 6-9. With shoes, add an inch-and-a-quarter. Lyles weighed 241 and his 12.1 percentage of body fat ranked the fifth highest.
Lyles' wingspan is average, only 7-1 ½. It won't matter. His ball skills, shooting ability and willingness to play inside or outside will make Lyles a 10-year pro. And only two guys had wider hands.
Dakari Johnson, Kentucky center
7 feet, 255 pounds.
Without shoes, 6-11. With shoes, 6-11 ¾. Johnson weighed 265 with the highest percentage of body fat in the combine – 14.9. That's not a category where a player wants to lead the combine. (Of course, Johnson did have the widest hands.)
Johnson should have returned to Kentucky for next season and played major minutes in the middle. He's a borderline first-round pick at best who needs to improve his athleticism and low-post game. He might have to do that in the Developmental League.
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