How will Jabari Walker’s skills translate to the NBA?

As Walker and the rest of the Buff Nation wait for the NBA draft to begin Thursday, Athletic player Sam Vicini released his Top 100 Draft. The Colorado star was 49th, bringing him safely into the second round.

While Jabari Walker was still young, he had his work cut out to be a reliable player in the NBA, especially on the offensive end. But given his size and instant shooting ability I saw at Walker’s show, to go along with what appears to be a good defensive game, he could buy some time to improve himself.

His talent is certainly plentiful, but work is still available to him and almost any college player looking to enlist.

Here’s what Vecenie wrote regarding how Walker received the NBA (h/t athlete):

What role can Walker play when attacking? This is the big question in the end. It’s a good shooter, but complex enough to where
It’s not a good enough shooter to do nothing else to that end. Basically, you have to buy him the ability
To add more functionality as a driver or maker. It’s more interesting if you feel that it can be so versatile
Roll the man from the pick-and-roll or pick-and-pop. Or if he can make short scroll readings. Or if he can attack functionally
Closes to where he can either drive to kick or drive to score. He can’t do any of that now. He’s still a teenager, so there
It is some real time for him to add these skills. His defensive prowess was mixed with his size and his ability to shoot only at him
A catch can give him enough time to figure out the rest. There’s a chance that Walker could be a useful defender who can do that
demolish shots sometime. But it is too theoretical until he becomes more comfortable in the attack. It’s on the border line
From being a guarantee man or bi-directional for me.

Walker finished his Colorado career as a 39.9% 3-Point with a respectable 0.783 mark of the bar. The shooting ability is definitely there and could go a long way toward persuading the NBA GM to seize the opportunity. I see Walker contributing as an interesting prospect of the 3D genre as he grows into the NBA game.

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