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Frank Burlison

 
   
 

Melvin Ely

Ht: 6-9
Wt: 240

Experience: Fresno State (Sr.)

Projected NBA position: Center and power forward

Scouts admire: His low-post moves and savvy — no one is as advanced in that regard in this draft. He can also step out on the perimeter and drop in 18-footers with remarkable consistency from either side of the lane. His passing — out of the low and high post areas — is already NBA caliber. And he's a solid man to man defender and above average shot blocker.

Scouts wonder about: His upside. He'll be a 24-year-old rookie and has long since polished any rough spots out of his game. How much better can he get?

Frank's take: He's one of the very few commodities in the draft that should be able to deliver a lot for their teams on the opening day of the season.

Projected selection: Middle teens in the first round but might get into the bottom of the lottery if someone really needs an instant contributor in the post.

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