Name: Alex Abrines
Position: Shooting Guard
School/Country: Barcelona Regal (Spain)
Latest Stats: 3.4 ppg, 1.1 rpg
By way of Barcelona Regal in Spain, Alex Abrines made the decision to enter his name into the 2013 NBA Draft on the final day of the early entry deadline along with Spanish teammate Marko Todorovic. At 6-foot-6, Abrines has great size for the shooting guard position and after declining the option to declare for the draft a year ago, he is now ready to take the next step and pursue a professional career here in the United States.
Abrines did not play all that much with Barcelona this past season, but when he did, he showed flashes of his potential. In early April, Abrines scored 21 points in 21 minutes and that’s exactly the type of production hat has pinned him on the radar of many NBA scouts. At this point, Abrines is looking like a lock to hear his name called within the second round of the NBA Draft. Look for him to be off the board around the early-to-mid portion of that round.
Strengths: Abrines has great size for the shooting guard position and he has a number of tools that he uses to his advantage on offense. Abrines can shoot the ball particularly well from the outside and he can drive under pressure. He has a strong offensive mind and can move well without the basketball.
Weaknesses: Abrines need to work on his first step. He has plenty of skills on the offensive end, but if he can work on his quickness and agility, he may be able to take better advantage of them. Abrines is young at only 20 years of age, but he needs to develop more strength so he can execute more on both sides of the floor.
Draft Projection: Early-to-Mid Second Round
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