Baylor ahead Jeremy Sochan visits Portland Path Blazers, could possibly be draft goal at No. 7

TUALATIN – Earlier than the Portland Path Blazers exercise session ended Wednesday on the group’s apply facility, a tall man with blonde hair could possibly be seen exiting the constructing and getting into a automobile.

Baylor energy ahead Jeremy Sochan, whose golden-colored head is hard to overlook, had left the constructing a bit early.

However, he did seem on the facility, an indication that the Blazers on the very least are intrigued by the 6-foot-9 versatile huge man.

Sochan (pronounced SO-han) is a reputation that has been rising up draft boards for a while, but it surely stays unclear as to the place he’s prone to land.

NBA.com’s consensus mock draft has him going twelfth to Oklahoma Metropolis. Of the 12 mock drafts used to create that record, solely The Athletic’s has Sochan going No. 7 to the Blazers. The opposite 11 have him going at a median of about ninth.

So, it seems that Sochan shall be accessible at No. 7. However would the Blazers make him their choice, assuming they don’t commerce the choose?

The Blazers’ best place of want is energy ahead. However the perfect three gamers at that place are anticipated to be gone inside the prime 4 picks. The fourth-best energy ahead, Iowa’s Keegan Murray, may fall to No. 7, however most seem to imagine he shall be off the board no later than to Indiana at No. 6.

That leaves the Blazers both Sochan or Memphis ahead / middle Jalen Duren as possible targets to play energy ahead. However each are younger and uncooked and never almost able to step in and begin for a group hoping to make the playoffs subsequent season.

Due to that, the Blazers may simply merely take the perfect participant accessible no matter want. In that case, the possible candidates could possibly be Arizona guard Bennedict Mathurin, Duke small ahead AJ Griffin or G League Ignite guard / ahead Dyson Daniels.

However Sochan could possibly be tempting as a result of there’s rather a lot to love.

Firstly, like Duren, Sochan is taken into account to be among the best defenders on this draft. Nevertheless, additionally like Duren, Sochan’s offensive recreation is extraordinarily unpolished.

Sochan has the dimensions to defend inside and the athleticism to change onto smaller offensive gamers and maintain his personal on the perimeter.

That ability is extraordinarily precious to have as a result of groups usually look to run choose and rolls to get their smaller scorers matched up in opposition to slow-footed huge males.

Sochan may be very attentive defensively and clearly performs with the intent to be disruptive. These defensive traits will little doubt enchantment to Blazers coach Chauncey Billups. The Blazers desperately want giant defenders who may help defend Lillard and Anfernee Simons, two small guards not identified for his or her protection.

Offensively, Sochan stays a piece in progress. He took simply seven pictures per recreation final season, hitting on 47.4% from the sphere and 29.6% on threes whereas averaging 9.2 factors per recreation. He’s a unbelievable finisher across the basket and has a strong short-range jumper, however is just not going to frighten NBA groups along with his midrange or three-point video games. However that would change over time.

Whereas his scoring skills develop, Sochan may present worth as a playmaker. He flashed skills as a passer from the excessive submit and averaged 1.8 assists per recreation. He could possibly be anticipated to discover a chopping participant who will get open inside a movement offense.

The underside line is that Sochan, like every prospect projected to presumably be taken round No. 7, has means however has not demonstrated that he’s a particular lock to reach the NBA.

If the Blazers come away from this draft with Sochan, they might nonetheless want a beginning energy ahead and at finest would have acquired a backup for the fast future.

– Aaron Fentress | afentress@Oregonian.com | @AaronJFentress (Twitter), @AaronJFentress (Instagram), @AaronFentress (Fb).

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