Ranking 7 first-round prospects Spurs are rumored to be coveting

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5. Jalen Hood-Schifino

Of these seven players, I think Jalen Hood-Schifino is where things start to get interesting and a bit more realistic. The Indiana freshman averaged 13.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.7 assists in his lone season with the Hoosiers, where he showed convincing flashes of pick-and-roll ball-handling, pull-up shooting in the midrange, and hard-nosed point-of-attack defense. Given his positional size, standing at about 6-foot-4 without shoes, there's certainly a lot to be excited about with him as a prospect.

Where Hood-Schifino falls short on this list is in his general consistency, three-point shooting, and athleticism. While he had many moments of brilliance as a ball-handler in the pick-and-roll--particularly as a passer--his subpar handle and lack of burst often led to turnovers or tough shots. His rim pressure is a bit questionable as well because of that lack of burst, and in combination with his middling 33% efficiency from beyond the arc, there are very real questions about him as a scorer.

If a team really believes that his outside shot and ballhandling will both come along, he could be selected as high as the last couple of picks within the top 10, but if teams view him as a project that may not pan out, he could slide. Hood-Schifino's 'boom-or-bust' potential is very real, and I expect the Spurs to go in a different direction, whether that means playing it a bit safer later in the first round or trading a bit higher on the board for one of the following prospects.