Sophomore, Georgia Tech,
NBA Position: PF,
H: 6'9, W: 229, Age: 20
Lawal is a poor man's Blake Griffin. He's not quite as good on the glass, not as good in the post, but is similarly limited in range and game. Lawal is a pure post player who gets almost all of his possessions in the low post. He's fairly efficient there and shows promise. He has good athleticism and strength to play down low as well.
However, he's much more effective setting up on the left and struggles
when setting up on the right. He plays with excellent strength and
touch, but his footwork needs work. He often shuffles his feet taking
extra steps to make a move when proper footwork would make him more
efficient and effective.
Offensively, he really has a center's game, but a PF's size. He plays
with strength and effort and is good at getting position on the
inside. At the next level, he'll need to be more versatile. He'll
need to develop more options in the post including playing better on
both blocks rather than just the right block. He'll need to develop a
face up game as well.
He has a good base to work from, but he's still raw and needs a lot of
refinement. Presently, he's a black hole in the post and that's not
going to work at the NBA level with his skill level. He has no
perimeter game at all to speak of, so there isn't much to cover there. He doesn't have a mid range jumper or anything that will work away from
Defensively, he's a solid in the post. He has good lateral quickness
for a big man and shows promise when playing pick and roll defense.
Much like on offense, he lacks fundamentals at times, but he has upside
to become a solid defender going forward.
Lawal's primary problem may be that he doesn't have the size to
translate his abilities to the next level, and the skills he really
needs to be a PF are lacking. He has nice upside for a player going
as late in the draft he's going in, especially given the lack of low
post players in the league.
-- update --
Latest reports are that Lawal has pulled out of the draft and will return to Georgia Tech.