Harrell is near freak-athletically. He offers great verticality to the game, which is one reason why his game might translate to the next level. While Harrell is very athletic, he does struggle not being rugged in his athleticism outside of his hops and straight-line speed.
Harrell is built like a tank, but is three inches short for the NBA power forward position at the minimum. He does possess a great wing-span which will make up for being undersized height-wise, however. He is not fluid or skilled enough to be anything but a power forward at the next level, however, because of his tenacity and ability to rebound (rebounding is the one skill that usually translates at the next level), he should provide something. I guarantee you he would put a body on Tristan Thompson.
I think Harrell has improved his basketball smarts, but is still out of control of sorts. Sometimes offensively, he does not have much of a skill-set and tries to make up for it in other ways and sometimes that leads to crazy decisions. Defensively, Harrell, when in control, does a good job of trying to anticipate a play and does take charges.
To me, Harrell’s skill-set consists of being a freak athlete, being relentless, being a rebounder, and sometimes making an occasional jumper. Harrell is not really skilled offensively, but does set hard picks and is not intimidated easily. He can flash to the paint, play in pick-and-rolls, and can finish with authority. Occasionally, Harrell can take someone off the dribble and get a shot with his quickness, shoot a turn-around jumper, or somewhat hit a small mid-range jumper (however, he does not do any of them consistently).
Defensively, Harrell is hard to back down at any capacity because of his build and length. At times, he can switch onto guards because of his quickness. While a good rebounder overall, he still does give up some rebounds because of his size. Also, while he has great tools defensively and hustles to no end, he does not possess the best basketball smarts and can be exposed.
Overall, Harrell has a chance to be Kenneth Faried light. Harrell is a freak athlete that busts his tail on both ends. He can rebound very well and that usually translates at the next level. My big concern is that he is just average in terms of basketball IQ and not very skilled. He will however, be a contributor at the next level due to his athletic ability, hustle, and rebounding.
How does he fit with the Bulls?
To me, Harrell provides toughness that we need. While I am all about drafting the best player available, I don’t know if I can ever see Harrell being more than just a defensive rebounder and enforcer. While he may be the best player available, I would rather take my chances on someone that has more potential at a position of need if available. However, I would not be disappointed in drafting him either if we are planning on getting rid of one of our front-court players. He would provide the toughness we don’t have in the front-court. I would rather have someone such as Delon Wright if available over Harrell, but I would much rather have Harrell over projects such as Christian Wood or Robert Upshaw.