GET TO KNOW 2017 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS — Isaiah Hartenstein

Age: 19
Position: C
College: N/A
 
Measurables
Height w/o shoes: N/A
Height w/ shoes: 7’1.25”
Weight: 250 lbs
Wingspan: 7’2.25”
Standing reach: 9’1”
No Step Vert 25.5”
Max Vertical: N/A
Via DraftExpress
 
2016–2017 Stats
MPG: 3.2
PPG: 1.0
RPG: 0.8
BLKPG: 0.0
STLPG: 0.0
APG: 0.2
FT%: 100%
2-PT FG%: 66.7%
3-PT FG%: 0%
Via Draft Express
 
2017 Big Board Ranking
Kevin O’Connor: 42
Chad Ford: 29
Draft Express: 23
Sports Illustrated: 31
CBS Sports: 32
 
3 Things to Know
1. His NBA career hinges on how dependable a shooter he becomes due to his average athleticism. 
2. He projects as a backup big who has the potential to stretch the floor and clog the paint but not dominant on either end.
3. Hartenstein’s playmaking ability and potential to be a knockdown shooter shines through his many other mediocre qualities athletically and defensively making him an intriguing prospect for teams who are in need for a role playing big for the present and future with time to grow.

Strengths
- Fluid ball handler. 
- Dribbling ability allows him to be threat attacking poor closeouts and finishing at the rim if he develops as a shooter.
- Projects as a strong shooter for his size
- Very good vision.
- Aggressive playmaker
- Nose for the ball.
- Aggressive rebounder.
- Good putback rebounder.
 
Weaknesses
- Only average athleticism and length.
- Plays below the rim.
- Not a rim protector
- Doesn’t play up to his size and stature due to poor posture and only decent athleticism.
- Subpar foot speed.
- Weak perimeter defender.
- Inconsistent shooter at this point with odd rotation on his shot but definitely has room and fluidity needed to improve if he can improve his fundamentals.
- His NBA career could be dependent on how his shot improves as he doesn’t bring shot blocking or very a refined offensive repertoire

Summary
Isaiah Hartenstein is a young big man with huge potential as he is already skilled and quite fluid. As a 19-year-old playing professionally in Europe, he received limited minutes, but demonstrated skills and touch beyond his years. Although he is young and could develop, he has not demonstrated elite athleticism. Along with not possessing elite athleticism, he lacks amazing length as well as a developed body. These qualities lacking, he projects to be a subpar defender, as he is neither a rim protector nor a man capable of defending on the perimeter. Due to these limitations, and not playing significant minutes in Europe, he seems destined to be picked based on aspirations on what he could be rather than what he already is as a player. Overall, his lack of playing time and full development may make him fall in the draft, yet could produce a steal once he develops further physically and as a player. He projects to be a late first round pick or early second round pick.
 
Draft reports compiled by Garrett Furubayashi and Leif Thulin

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