San Antonio Spurs Draft

San Antonio Spurs: 2 Best-fitting overlooked draft prospects

Ibou Badji - CSKA Moscow v Barcelona - Turkish Airlines EuroLeague
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San Antonio Spurs draft sleeper: EJ Onu

Perhaps even more under the radar than Badji, EJ Onu is a 6'11" power forward that plays with Shawnee State Bears in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Being that he plays in the NAIA, which generally is considered to be a tier lower than the NCAA in terms of talent, he only began appearing on mock drafts relatively recently.

Even so, Onu has produced some eye-widening performances (and records) during his time with Shawnee State. He led his team to a 32-2 record in the NAIA and a national championship title. During that time, Onu averaged 16.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 4.6 blocks on 57% from the field and 40% from three on nearly four attempts per game. In total, he recorded an insane 529 blocks during his time with the Bears, which surpasses several other NBA legends during their time in college, including Tim Duncan and David Robinson.

His absurd statistics are matched with an equally impressive motor, as he was a former track & field athlete in high school. While he didn't have a particularly inspiring performance at the NBA G-League Elite Camp last month, he recorded a few nice blocks and was able to show his shooting range.

All in all, Onu is an incredibly unique player given his production in college, his athleticism, and his freakish measurements. While it may take some time for his absurd college numbers to translate to the NBA, considering how he has already improved with Shawnee State, there is reason to believe he can grow even more if he goes to a team that's good at developing young talent.

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Considering some of the success stories in the past of NAIA players succeeding in the NBA, like with Scottie Pippen, Tiny Archibald, Elgin Baylor, and Dennis Rodman, Onu could be a second-round steal for the Spurs. Positionally, he would fit right in with the Spurs' young core of players, and his drive to improve would suggest that he would be a fantastic culture fit as well.