Marquese Chriss (Freshman, Washington)
Product of…Pleasant Grove HS (Sacramento, CA)
13.8 points/game, 5.4 rebounds/game, 0.8 assists/game
This year’s fast riser is none other than Marquese Chriss, a high-jumping freshman prospect outta Washington. Not on many draft radars prior to this past season, Chriss is skyrocketing up draft boards and is a dark horse top-5 selection. And its not just smoke and mirrors…the kid can play.
Though UDub underachieved with two potential lottery picks on the roster (Chriss & Dejounte Murray), Chriss turned heads with his ability to run the floor, knock down Js and switch and recover on defense. He’s mobile and athletic enough, at 6’10, to eventually guard multiple positions.
Right now, however, he needs to gain around 15 pounds of muscle and step out and shoot the three ball with confidence. Chriss has all of the raw tools to be very successful in the league one day. But how quickly will potential turn into production?
NBA Skill: Elite athleticism
-Crazy athlete; very good shot blocker who loves help side rejections; displayed promise as a show and recovery guy capable of hedging out on the perimeter
-Deadly first step for a guy his size; doesn’t always score after a strong drive but Chriss can get by slower four men with ease; pretty decent perimeter touch; solid base on his jumper
-Potential through the roof; late-bloomer (has only been playing basketball since middle school) high upside as two-way Star UnderDOG/Top DOG
-Not super polished on offense; needs more tuneup to play on the wing
-Fouls way, way too much (led the NCAA in total fouls in 2015-16) – not always a disciplined defender; for as well as Chriss can leap, he doesn’t crash the glass as hard as he should
-Can his J extend to NBA range?; shot 35% from downtown in college, with just 18% of his overall attempts coming from long-distance; needs to become an NBA stretch four in the 35-37% range
NBA DOG Status: Top DOG
Chriss is really climbing draft boards and could be pretty close to the top once its all said and done. There’s times out there where he looks just as good, if not better, than the top prospects in this draft. But buyer beware, Chriss might not come in and put up huge numbers right away – he’ll need to slowly adjust to NBA schemes, playing against stronger forwards & superior athletes and work on his J.
NBA Comparison: Tyrus Thomas/Serge Ibaka