Perhaps no Arizona State basketball player improved more than Jordan Bachynski during his time in Tempe. It has been a long road for the Canadian but can his journey continue into the NBA?
Time at ASU: He went to Centennial High School where he averaged 18.5 points, 13.1 rebounds and 8.7 blocks per game in his senior season. He then went on his LDS mission and didn't play basketball for three years. He saw limited action in his first two seasons as he tried to get back into basketball and playing shape. In his junior season he averaged 9.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game and started 34 of 35 games but still faced conditioning issues and split some time with Ruslan Pateev. Bachynski set the all-time single season Pac-12 record for blocks with 120.
This past season Bachynski exploded onto the national scene. He averaged 11.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game while improving his free throw shooting by 10 percentage points to 69.3 percent. He also provided the Arizona State fans with some incredible memories, recording three "walk-off" blocks against No. 25 Marquette, No. 2 Arizona and Oregon. He also broke his own record for single season blocks in the Pac-12 with 133. He was named the Pac-12 defensive player of the year and second team All-Pac-12 for his efforts.
Strengths: Bachynski stands 7-foot-2 and that's something that cannot be ignored, although at the NBA level it doesn't make as much of a difference as it would in college. He has solid footwork down low and his willingness to improve can be looked at as a positive as well. He runs the length of the floor with some good pace in transition and moves well without the ball setting screens for other players and has a high basketball IQ. He also has top notch character and is well spoken and personable when speaking with the media. His shot blocking ability is very instinctual and he was of course among the elite shot blockers in college basketball last year.
Weaknesses: Strength is an issue for Bachynski who will face off against much more physical competition in the NBA. He hasn't proven he can handle every single entry pass and has had issues finishing at the rim in the past. At Arizona State he sat in the paint and his mid-range was not something he showcased a lot in Tempe so it is still a question mark. He has shown that he has an up and under move in his repertoire but seems to opt for the hook shot or wanted to kick it back out instead of going right to the rim.
Mock draft rankings: 59th to the Toronto Raptors by Draft Express, 37th to the Raptors by NBA Draft Insider. ESPN's Chad Ford has him 60th to the Spurs.
NBA Combine measurements (via Draft Express): Height with shoes: 7-foot-2, Weight: 254, Wingspan: 7-foot-4, Standing reach: 9-foot-1/2, Body fat: 7.5 percent, no step vertical: 29 inches, max vertical: 33 inches
Reported workouts: Chicago, Toronto, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Washington, Indiana, Charlotte, Detroit, San Antonio, New York
Prediction: 60th overall to the San Antonio Spurs