San Antonio Spurs Draft

Spurs: Sleeper Charles Bassey is a perfect fit

Charles Bassey (Western Kentucky)
Charles Bassey (Western Kentucky) / Abbie Parr/Getty Images
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Bassey can anchor both sides of the floor for the San Antonio Spurs

Charles Bassey showed all season long that he was one of the strongest and most mobile big men in the entire NCAA, which more or less culminated in an incredible performance against the Alabama Crimson Tide, who eventually went on to play in the NCAA Tournament.

Bassey is nearly always a scoring threat in transition due to his size and speed. He is also fantastic playing both off cuts and off the pick-and-roll, scoring on nearly 70 percent of both of those situations. He has a soft shooting touch, can post up in the paint well, and shot just over 30 percent from beyond the arc on just over two attempts per game. All of this gives him a very solid offensive foundation to build upon, which should bode well for his scoring potential in the league.

With his scoring upside in mind though, his defense is what seals the deal in my mind that he'll be a solid pick in this year's draft. His feel for the game on the defensive end of the floor allowed for him to record an astounding rebound percentage at 22.4, which is good for fifth in the NCAA, along with a block percentage of 11.5%, which lies just outside of the top 10.

Personally, I'm confident about his shot improving in the NBA based on his free-throw percentage with the Hilltoppers (about 76 percent on the year) along with the fact that his mechanics look smooth. He possesses serious scoring upside, will very likely be a solid rim-protecting presence on defense, is one of the best rebounders in his class, and to top it off, he played high school basketball in San Antonio with St. Anthony Catholic High School.

In terms of fit, I can't really imagine a better-suited prospect for the Spurs in his draft class perhaps outside of a few of the players more or less locked to be drafted in the top ten. He has some minor flaws in his game, but all are very fixable. So why on Earth is Bassey mocked so low?

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