Many of these prospects will face an uphill battle, but we will try to provide insight into what exactly separates those who make it and those who don't, while shedding light on some of the country's lesser-known players that could end up becoming second-round/training camp sleepers.
We'll look at both upperclassmen and underclassmen, analyzing players who are intriguing for the 2017 NBA Draft, as well as prospects who need more time to develop, but could be intriguing in the future. This week we break down Ohio University senior Antonio Campbell, who plays in the Mid-American Conference.
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Antonio Campbell, a Senior out of Holy Cross High School in Kentucky, has put together a solid four year career at Ohio University. Following his Junior season in which he was named the 2016 MAC Player of the Year, Campbell tested the NBA Draft waters, before eventually getting the feedback he needed, and chose to return to school for one final year.
What is intriguing about Campbell from an NBA perspective is his refined ability to score the ball from different spots on the floor. He is currently averaging 28 points per 40 min, and doing it an efficient rate. He is finishing 63.4% of his 2-point attempts, and is shooting 36.1% from deep, an aspect of his game that has improved steadily since his freshman year and will be essential for his transition to the pro game as a stretch big man.
There have been some question marks surrounding Campbell's weight and conditioning, but he has made it a point of emphasis to improve his body and be able to spend more time on the floor. His lack of elite athleticism and average frame could hold him back at the pro level, but he has remained been highly productive as a scorer and rebounder at the MAC level, and has had some good games against ACC opponents in Florida State and Georgia Tech. Campbell is working to solidify himself as part of the NBA Draft conversation, something he can continue to do by making an NCAA Tournament appearance as well as at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, which he appears a natural fit for. Campbell's defense will likely be the main thing NBA scouts will be scrutinizing moving forward, as he appears somewhat lethargic on this end of the floor at times, but it is difficult to find many big men who can score the ball the way he can, which will earn him a fair share of pro looks.