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NBA Draft 2017 Profile: Jeremy Senglin can shoot his way onto an NBA roster

Is the Weber State point guard a second round sleeper?

NCAA Basketball: Weber State at Brigham Young Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

It’s rare that a school of Weber State’s status is able to place one player, let alone two or three, in the NBA. But with Damian Lillard and Joel Bolomboy already in the league, Jeremy Senglin may be ready to join them.

Senglin was a member of two NCAA Tournament teams, including the 2015-16 squad that also featured Bolomboy.

There aren’t many players in college basketball that average double figures in scoring for each of their four years. Senglin took it one step further by improving his scoring totals every year, going from 10.9 points per game his freshman year to 21.1 per game his senior year.

However, Senglin still had his work cut out to catch the eye of NBA GMs in workouts. Here’s how his game translates to the NBA.

Strengths

As mentioned above, Senglin is a scoring guard first and foremost. Similar to Lillard, Senglin does a large portion of his damage from behind the three-point line. Over half of his shots came from distance, and he hit 44.7 percent of his triples on almost nine attempts per game.

He’s capable of getting hot and filling it up in bunches. Senglin had 14 games in which he hit at least five threes, and had at least 20 points in 25 games. His best shot at landing on a roster is to embrace the role of a microwave scorer off the bench, which fits right into his skillset.

One other part of his game that gets overlooked is his ball security. For his career, Senglin only averaged 2.2 turnovers per game, which is a solid number for a guy with the ball in his hands so much. His improvement as a ball handler could ultimately be the tipping point in landing a contract.

Weaknesses

For as gifted of a scorer and ballhandler as Senglin is, he isn’t much of a playmaker. For his career, he averaged only 2.8 assists per game, which simply won’t cut it for a point guard. He’ll need to be able to create for others at the next level if his shot isn’t falling.

He also struggles in the midrange game. His senior year, he actually shot a lower percentage on two-point jumpers than from behind the arc. Only 16.7 percent of his shots were two-point jump shots, but he only hit 36.6 percent of them. Again, it raises the question of how he provides value if he isn’t hitting threes.

He’s a decent athlete, but just about every point guard in the NBA is. He’s not a guy who will blow past his defender, and he could struggle defensively. He will have to rely on his 6’5 wingspan to help on that end.

Projection

Despite an NBA-ready scoring ability, it’s unlikely that Senglin will hear his name called on Thursday. However, he will absolutely get an invite to play on at least one Summer League team, and if he can give a good performance, he might land a training camp invite or more.