Greg Monroe (Georgetown)
6'11, 250 lbs., C
Monroe entered college with a high skill level as the top recruit two years ago. While showing a high basketball IQ and playmaking ability, he still disappointed some, lacking the expected dominance. While not a great athlete, Monroe should play well at the next level if he adds a consistent jump shot.
Offensively, Monroe is highly skilled and fundamentally sound. Monroe reads the defender and uses a variety of post moves to set up his lefty hook shots or an up an under. He plays using good footwork and ball fakes to get create openings or get his defender in the air.
However, he generally thrives by passing out of the high or low post finding players everywhere on the court. In fact, he should be one of the better passing big men in the NBA next season. He can also attack defenses with his ball-handling and using angles to get to the point of attack.
Unfortunately, Monroe is limited athletically and it will be interesting to see how he will adjust to the NBA's level of athleticism and pace. Right now, he lacks counter moves as he has no right handed post move, turn around jumper, or consistent mid-range jumper. Adding a jumper to his game could mean the difference between Monroe playing a lot or becoming a seldom used NBA player.
In fact, if Monroe can add a mid-range jumper from around 15-18 feet, he would be one of the hardest matchups for other teams. Right now the NBA is trending in pick-and-rolls and pick-and-pops. With Monroe's ability to put the ball on the floor along with his ability to pass, a jumper would make him downright scary.
Defensively, Monroe will struggle in the NBA. At his build currently, Monroe is best suited to guard 4's, but he lacks the lateral quickness to guard most of them. He also lacks the strength to defend centers in the low post, nor does he have the leaping ability or shot blocking ability to become a defensive backbone as a help defender.
Monroe did improve his ability to hold low post position this past year using his high basketball IQ to cut in and out at the right time, but he needs to develop more muscle to play in that position in the NBA.
How does his game translate to the NBA?
Currently, as a Center, Monroe could become a big mismatch at the next level with his passing and craftiness at the next level. Defensively, he should be adequate at the next level if he can add a few more pounds to his frame.
His game is reminiscent of a poor man's Chris Webber. He does very many things well, but an improved jumper will determine if he can stay in the league or has high bust potential. Scouts have often questioned his desire to work hard during the offseason and how much he wants it as well.
He is projected to go anywhere from pick five to late lottery, but he could slide if GMs and owners determine they would rather risk the pick on someone with more athletic upside and desire. Though if he works hard to add a jumper to his offensive game and add strength to his body he has stud potential on the next level.