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Lauri Markkanen

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Name: Lauri Markkanen

School: Arizona

Season: Freshman

247 Sports High School Ranking: 21 

Birthdate: May 22, 1997 (19)

Birthplace: Jyvaskyla, Finland


- Father Pekka played at University of Kansas

- Mother Rikka played professionally

- Brothers have played professional soccer and basketball, respectively, in Europe

High School: Helsinki Basketball Academy


- Played for Finland National Team in 2015 U18 FIBA European Championships 

- Played for Finland National Team in 2016 U20 FIBA European Championships

Twitter: MarkkanenLauri

Instagram: LauriMarkkanen

Height: 7'0

Weight: 230

Wingspan: N/A

Standing Reach: N/A

No Step Vert: N/A

Max Vert: N/A

Body Fat %: N/A

Injury History: N/A

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Scored 18.2 PPG for Finland in FIBA U18 European Championships in 2015

- Polite

- Says he is working on everything

- Says its fun guarding Centres in the post

Freshman Season Stats: Through 22 games

- 16.8 PPG

- 7.6 RPG

- 1 APG

- 0.5 BPG

- 53% FG

- 51% 3

- 84% FT


16th in effective field goal percentage in the NCAA

- 4th in offensive rating in the NCAA

- 9th in offensive win shares in the NCAA

- 4th in total win shares in the NCAA

- 5th in win shares per 40 minutes in the NCAA

- 3rd in offensive box plus/minus in the NCAA

- 12th in box plus/minus in the NCAA

- 1st in win shares per 40 minutes in the PAC-12 in 2016-17

- 2nd in offensive box plus/minus in the PAC-12 in 2016-17

- 3rd in player efficiency rating in the PAC-12 in 2016-17

Position: SF/PF

Greatest Strength: Shooting + Versatility

Greatest Weakness: Strength

Athleticism: 7

Aggression: 6

Speed: 6

Strength: 6

Lateral Movement: 6

Basketball IQ: 7

Switchability: 8

3 point shooting: 8

Jumpshot: 8

Ability to finish at the rim: 7

Post moves: 7

Handle: 6

Passing: 6

Rebounding: 7

Motor: 7

Touch: 8

Hands: 8

On ball defense: 7

Help defense: 6

Steals: 5

Blocks: 7

Pick and Roll: 

- Does a good job of showing, recovery a little slow

-  Can switch entirely and guard much smaller players - good lateral movement but slower recovering

- Good relocater 

- Usually tries to slip the screen and get the switch

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

 - Good lateral movement for his size

 - Slow runner

 - Can space floor out to 3 point line

 - Solid natural rebounding instincts, needs to improve physicality and boxouts in the post

 - Elite offensive skillset for a 7 footer

Game Analysis:

- vs. Gonzaga

- #3 Johnathan Williams

- #5 Nigel Williams-Goss

- #13 Josh Perkins

- #33 Killian Tillie

- #4 Jordan Matthews

- #24 Przemek Parnowski

- Switched onto Williams-Goss on the pick-and-roll, very impressive footwork to stay with him and not allow a drive

- Good boxout

- Catches in transition at right elbow, drives right into Karnowski with his body and hits right handed hook shot

- Good job showing and recovering on pick-and-roll

- Williams catches at left block, turns middle, uses up-fake then goes under Markkanen for a layin

- Doesn't boxout Williams which results in another offensive possession

- Catches as the trailer at top of the key, drives left, misses left handed layup, gets offensive rebound misses another layup, then gets it back again and gets fouled on the floor

- Gets screen right short corner, curls to other side of basket, goes for left handed layup - blocked

- Tillie curls near basket, has a step on Markkanen, he recovers and blocks shot 

- Good cut in middle of the floor

- Blocked by Collins in right short corner catch and shoot jumper

- Gets offensive rebound, goes up left in traffic and blocked from behind

- Excellent jobn staying infront of Williams-Goss drive attempt on perimeter - moves feet on ball defense very well

- Good challenge in transition on layup attempt

- Fouled dribbling on perimeter, penalty - FTs 1/2

- Catches left block, faces up, drives middle with his left, takes the contact and finishes right floater over defender

- Drives middle on Parnowski from right 45, goes into the contact and finishes with right floater, and 1 - FT 1/1

- Catches left corner 3, one dribble with left pullup - missed jumper

- Catches beyond 3 point line at left 45, in out dribble, drives left, draws help defender, good dumpoff with left behind d for a dunk

- Catch and shoot left 45 3 - miss

- Catch left short corner, squares up and takes bank shot - miss

- Catches high post, one dribble left pullup - banks it in (luck)

- Fouled away from the ball, penalty - FTs 2/2

- Great defense on the switch - switched onto Williams-Goss who drove left baseline, tipped his floater attempt but it still went in

NBA Comparison: Tobias Harris/Kristaps Porzingis

Current Ability: 7

Projection as an NBA Player: 8

Projected Draft Spot: Top 10

Opinion: Intriguing prospect with NBA star potential. Markkanen plays like a Small Forward with the size of a Centre (7'0). Offensively, there is not much he can't do, similar to Porzingis but with less height. He is a very consistent shooter and that should only continue to improve. Defensively, he is a good shot blocker in help, but needs to improve his strength. He does a good job of guarding the pick-and-roll and can stay infront of guards if he switches.