Although Brandon Miller received the national spotlight at Alabama this season, another fascinating freshman in Tuscaloosa established himself as a first-round prospect. That is none other than Noah Clowney, an 18-year-old forward that San Antonio should consider adding to their roster courtesy of a draft-night deal if he slides into the mid-20s.
Clowney is a springy athlete with value as a roll man, play finisher out of the dunker spot, and rim runner in transition. Those baseline skills should translate to the next level, but his potential to become a stretch four sets him apart from his peers. While he has sound shot mechanics and a quick release, things begin to break down when met with tight contests.
Standing 6-foot-9 with active hands, swift feet, and a 7-foot-2 wingspan, Clowney flashed promising switchability. His tireless motor and defensive awareness helped him register several chase-down and weakside blocks. He needs to add muscle to his lean frame to cover frontcourt players, but he will have time to hit the weight room and address that issue.