The Chicago Bulls used their 20th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft on the 6-foot-7 New Mexico University standout Tony Snell. Snell has been an interesting player to watch during his participation in the 2013 NBA Summer league contests. With his long arms to match his long-distance shooting, Snell managed to score 11.8 ppg and 6.6 rpg. NBA scouts compare him to San Antonio Spurs‘s Kawhi Leonard.
Snell, who enjoyed the comparisons to his former high school teammate, has been a winner since high school. Snell and Leonard helped Martin Luther go 30-3 his senior season in 2009. When Snell left Westwind Preparatory Academy after high school, he moved onto play at New Mexico University, where they went 28-7 and 29-6 his freshman and sophomore seasons.
Both seasons, the Lobos made it to the NCAA tournament, going as far as the third round.
Snell plans to add to the Bulls in many ways. With his length and athleticism, the ex-Lobo plays like a shooting guard and can light it up at any point in the game. In his best game in the 2013 Las Vegas Summer league game, the smooth-as-silk Snell locked in scoring 20 points and going 5-of-8 from behind the arc against the Dallas Mavericks.
Last season, the Bulls struggled scoring in the playoffs without Derrick Rose. Look for Snell to be an immediate impact on the Bulls roster by attempting to add consistent offense. Snell can use some work on defense, but with Tom Thibodeau‘s defensive mentality, it shouldn’t be a problem.