NBA mock draft: Scouting 5 potential late-lottery prospects for Trail Blazers

Jett Howard, Michigan (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
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Noah Clowney, Alabama Crimson Tide (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Noah Clowney, Alabama Crimson Tide (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

Noah Clowney, freshman, Alabama

Measurables: 6-foot-10, 210 pounds, 18.9 years old

Statistics: 9.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.0 blocks

Here’s an archetype Blazers fans can get on board with – a 6-10, long, versatile, switchable defender who also has a chance to be a really good rebounder. Sounds like all the ingredients head coach Chauncey Billups wants in his bigs.

Clowney’s hustle and energy only make his defense better. He can play in different systems, guard multiple positions, and can switch pick and rolls.

Offensively, he’s already a good screen-and-roll player and looks fluid and skilled enough to possibly turn into a pick-and-pop threat with range. Possibly is a key word there, though.

He’s also super skinny and not ready to bang with NBA big men down low, but he does work hard to box out and get his long arms on rebounds.

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