NBA Draft Spotlight: Rui Hachimura

Rui Hachimura has seen his NBA Draft stock gradually increase during his time at Gonzaga. This season, he has established himself as one of the top players in college basketball and a sure-fire lottery pick.

 

Position: PF From: Gonzaga Class/YOB: Junior
Height: 6’8 Weight: 225 Wingspan: 7’2

Strengths:

  • Soft touch from all three levels. One of the most efficient scorers in college basketball. A knock-down mid-range jump shooter, especially around the free-throw area. Vastly improving three-point shot that is going to continue to expand. Dangerous in the pick-and-pop game
  • Skilled interior passer. Makes the extra pass when there is help. Throws on-time lobs to other bigs
  • Dangerous face-up potential. Has a quick first step and a jump shot defenses have to respect. The added aggressiveness off the dribble this season has allowed him to showcase his upside in the mid-post
  • Plays and runs hard
  • Moves with fluidity. Athleticism is more like a wing than a post. Has good coordination and footwork on both ends
  • Guards well. 7’2 wingspan, good reaction times, and solid activity level all aid in his efforts

Weaknesses:

  • Not much of a rim protector right now. More of a position defender. Could use his length better to be active around the rim
  • Shooting the three more, but has a low volume. Loves the 12-18 foot jumper. He has the shot to expand to NBA range, but will he doesn’t like to take many right now
  • Continues to add strength. Still shies away from contact on the interior. A finesse finisher who is still working on power aspects
  • Has to maintain his growth as a ball-handler. Gonzaga has allowed him to initiate the offense at times throughout this season
  • He has guarded mostly fours and fives in college. Switching to guarding some NBA wings could be an adjustment

Stats:

PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TPG FG% 3PT% FT%
20.5 6.7 1.7 1.0 0.8 1.8 60.7% 44.4% 74.9%

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