wesley iwundu #25

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Name: Wesley Iwundu

School: Kansas State

Season: Senior

ESPN High School Ranking: Unranked (2013)

Birthdate: December 20, 1994 (22)

Birthplace: Houston, Texas

Family: 

- Parents Larry and Marilyn Williams

High School: Westfield High School

Accolades:

- 2016 All-Big 12 Third Team (as voted by league coaches)

- 2016 Big 12 All-Defensive Team (as voted by league coaches)

Twitter: _Iwundu25

Instagram: And1ref_

Height: 67

Weight: 205

Wingspan: Was 6'11.75 in 2012 when he was 6'4.5. Must be well over 7' now

Standing Reach: Roughly 9'

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Played AAU with the Harrison twins

- Coach Bruce Weber talked about Iwundu's shooting before his senior season "You’ll be shocked if you haven’t seen him, he’s put in the time, the discipline, really working on that shot"

- Weber said he's never been "the guy" even in High School

- Has significantly improved his shooting mechanics from a release on the left side to a straight up proper release

Freshman Season Stats: 

- 6.7 PPG

- 4.2 RPG

- 1.8 APG

- 0.6 SPG

- 46% FG

- 41% 3

- 63% FT

Sophomore Season Stats:

- 5.8 PPG

- 3.5 RPG

- 2 APG

- 0.6 BPG

- 0.7 SPG

- 40% FG

- 32% 3

- 60% FT

Junior Season Stats:

- 11.9 PPG

- 4.5 RPG

- 3.7 APG

- 1.3 SPG

- 48% FG

- 20% 3

- 69% FT

Senior Season Stats: Through 20 games

- 12.3 PPG

- 5.6 RPG

- 3.6 APG

- 1.1 SPG

- 47% FG

- 33% 3

- 76% FT

Analytics: 

- 22.4 assist percentage 

Position: SG/SF

Greatest Strength: Athleticism + Fluidity

Greatest Weakness: 3 point shooting

Athleticism: 8

Aggression: 7

Speed: 8

Strength: 6

Lateral Movement: 7

Basketball IQ: 7

Switchability: 8

3 point shooting: 5

Jumpshot: 7

Ability to finish at the rim: 7

Post moves: 7

Handle: 7

Passing: 7

Rebounding: 7

Motor: 8

Touch: 7

Hands: 7

On ball defense: 8

Help defense: 

Steals: 6

Blocks: 4

Pick and Roll: 

- Can get over screens and stick with his man

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- Good off ball defender

- Fights through screens well off ball or on

- Makes the right rotation on D

- Crashes the glass

- Can push/handle the ball

- Only finishes with right

- Good passer

- Improved 3 point shooter

Game Analysis: 

- vs. Iowa State

- #5 Merrill Holden

- #15 Naz Mitrou-Long

- #30 Deonte Burton

- #10 Darrell Bowie

- #21 Matt Thomas

- #1 Nick Weiler-Babb

- Catches at top of key, jabs right, takes 3 straightaway - hits

- Doubled in the post, skip pass to the corner thrown to high - turnover

- Stripped on drive left as he was gathering

- Good rotation to get hand up on open 3 point shooter in corner

- Behind the back left to right at top of key, pulls up for jumper - short

- Nice pass - pushed ball in transition, found open shooter trailing across court for a 3

- Catches at half on right side, attacks left down middle, elevates and finishes with right layup above help defender

- Backs down Burton on left block, turns middle and fouled going up - FTs 2/2

- Steal off deflection in the lane on perimeter, drives for layup - fast and good athlete

- Miscommunication on perimeter and throws ball away when teammate was cutting instead

- Catch and shoot wide open 3 left 45 - way off the whole way - missed to the side (usually a sign of a bad shot)

- Drives from left 45, nice pass off once he drew help to Johnson for a layup (he missed)

- Catches running the right lane in transition, drives and goes up on right, fouled - FTs 2/2

- Catches high post, drives right, misses acrobatic right up and under layup when help comes

- Nice defensive rebound

- Catches pass off the cut behind the D for a layup

- Left ball screen from right 45, hits Snead bumping up from corner for an open 3 which he hit

- Bad pass over the top to Johnson, much too low - turnover

- Good stunt and recover 

- Beats everyone down the floor off a perimeter turnover by Morris, catches lob at the rim and lays it in

NBA Comparison: Thabo Sefolosha defensively/Justin Anderson offensively

Current Ability: 6.5

Projection as an NBA Player: 7-7.5

Projected Draft Spot: 2nd Round

Opinion: Iwundu is an NBA athlete with crazy length, good size and positional versatility. He can both guard and play a number of positions. Iwundu is a mediocre shooter, solid rebounder, and good passer. He typically does not force shots and only attacks when he sees an opening. Iwundu will need to improve his 3 point shot to be able to crack a rotation in the NBA.  I think the D-League will really help in his development and show teams whether he can improve. Iwundu is a good mid to late 2nd round pick because he has the physical tools to become a good defender and solid rotation player.