|DraftExpress: Top NBA Prospects in the Pac-12 #6-10 Kyle Anderson Jordan Adams Josh Scott Devon Collier Nick Johnson http://t.co/FHsd9SxSEI|
H: 6' 10"|
W: 245 lbs
(20 Years Old)
|Rank 45 in NCAA Sophomores |
High School: Lewis Palmer
Hometown: Monument, CO
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Top NBA Draft Prospects in the Pac-12, Part 4 (#6-10)|
October 3, 2013
The best high school player the state of Colorado has produced in some time, Josh Scott arrived on campus in Boulder to much fan-fare, as the highest rated prospect (#46 RSCI) to sign with the Buffaloes since former Pacers first round pick David Harrison.
Possessing good height for a big man at 6-10, and now listed at 245 by Colorado this offseason, Scott has nice size for a collegiate center even if he's somewhat stuck between positions by NBA standards. He's also not an amazing athlete, playing largely below the rim, even if he does show solid mobility for a player his size.
Scott started from day one as a freshman, giving Colorado some much needed size inside, playing 28 minutes per game, while averaging a solid 10 points and 6 rebounds per.
Used primarily as an inside threat by head coach Tad Boyle, Scott saw a steady stream of touches in the post all season, even if he was not overly effective there, making just 38% of his field goal attempts with his back to the basket.
His immature frame had something to do with this, as Scott struggled to gain great post-position at times against Pac-12 defenses, lacking a degree of toughness, and does not possess a very advanced back to the basket repertoire. Although he shoots the ball right-handed, Scott is very much a left-hand dominant player, struggling badly when forced to make plays with his right hand.
Despite possessing good hands, soft touch, and solid scoring instincts, Scott is just an average finisher in general, even in non-post up situations, making just 51% of his field goal attempts around the basket, and not drawing a huge amount of fouls to compensate. He does not play above the rim very often, and gets his shot blocked a fair amount, seemingly avoiding contact at times.
As a jump-shooter, Scott does not show the prettiest mechanics with his long, slow release, which noticeably lacks fluidity or rhythm. He did make a handful of outside shots last season, though, hitting 10 of the 26 mid-range jumpers he attempted, so there could certainly be potential here if he continues to work on his form, as he has good touch on his shot. He converted an impressive 75% of his free throw attempts last season.
Thrown straight into the fire of the Pac-12 last season, Scott was overmatched at times defensively last season. His lack of strength was a major issue, as he had a difficult times preventing opposing centers from establishing deep position and backing him down. He is not much of a rim protector either, as he lacks the explosiveness to be much of a factor rotating from the weakside. On the plus side, Scott is a fairly agile big man with relatively nimble feet, allowing him to cover ground and step out on the pick and roll and recover effectively.
With that said, there are some question marks about what position he is best suited to defend long-term in the NBA. Will he be tasked with guarding centers or power forwards? He lacks a bit of size for a traditional 5-man, and he may struggle to keep up with more agile power forwards, as he is somewhat upright in his stance.
Additionally, while Scott did a good job crashing the offensive glass last season (4 offensive rebounds per-40), he was an exceptionally poor defensive rebounder. He ranked last by a wide margin in this category among all returning top-100 centers and power forwards, pulling down a paltry 4.1 defensive rebounds per-40, worse than some of the guards in our top-100.
Some of this might be due to the fact that he played next to one of the best defensive rebounders in college basketball in Andre Roberson, who is now off to the NBA. It will be interesting to see how he fares in this category this season, as he almost certainly is not skilled enough offensively to be such a liability on the glass in the NBA. Oftentimes we see prolific shot-blockers struggle badly in this area as they tend to be out of place when the ball comes off the defensive glass, but Scott averaged a very pedestrian 1 block per-40 minutes,
Nevertheless, Colorado was a very good defensive team last season relative to their slow pace, ranking in the top-25 in defensive efficiency according to KenPom. Unlike Andre Roberson, Scott did little to fill up the stat-sheet in terms of blocks or steals, so it will be interesting to track how all that changes now that he's gone.
Few big men played as big a role in their freshman season as Scott did for Colorado last season. While he struggled at times to handle the amount of responsibility that was thrown his way, the experience he garnered will likely reap major dividends moving forward. It will be interesting to see how much he's able to improve his frame, athleticism and skill-level between his freshman and sophomore seasons, which should teach us a great deal about what the extent of his upside is.
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