Jarace Walker

NBA DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT

POSITION: SFFROM: Houston
New Freedom, PA (IMG)
HT: 6-8WT: 235
BORN: 09/04/03YEAR: Fr.WING: 7-2REACH: NA

Draft Notes

Jarace is a big forward with tons of natural strength. He’s got big shoulders and a rock solid frame, while also showing good agility and vertical explosion. He fits the mold of modern day 4 or small ball 5.

Walker is a versatile player who can play multiple roles on both ends of the floor. He can guard up and down the line-up and has the strength to hold his own in the paint against “true” centers. He’s a good rim protector, especially coming from the weak-side. His plus wingspan really shows up on D.

He’s a load to handle when driving to the basket, using his big frame to shield defenders and bully his way to the hoop. His growth/improvement on the offensive end has been impressive – and he’ll continue to refine his iso scoring and play-making ability.

One thing that really stands out is how quick, agile and nimble he is for his size, which makes him really hard to defend. He can blow-by bigger defenders and overpower smaller defenders.

Has a nice compact jump shot which shows a lot of promise. This isn’t a strength of his game at this point but he’ll very likely develop a solid 3pt shot in time. His mid range game is already far advanced.


Comparisons

  • more versatile John Collins
  • Paul Milsap

Draft Projection

mid lottery to mid first round pick in the 2023 NBA Draft

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2023 Power Forwards

  1. Gregory Jackson – 6-9 – South Carolina
  2. Jarace Walker – 6-8 – Houston
  3. Kyle Filipowski – 7-0 – Duke
  4. Kris Murray – 6-8 – Iowa
  5. Brice Sensabaugh – 6-6 – Ohio State
  6. Trayce Jackson-Davis – 6-9 – Indiana
  7. Adama Sanogo – 6-9 – UConn
  8. Grant Nelson – 6-11 – NDSU
  9. Mouhamed Gueye – 6-10 – Washington State
  10. Azuolas Tubelis – 6-9 – Arizona (Lithuania)
  11. Oso Ighodaro – 6-9 – Marquette
  12. Ousmane N’Diaye – 6-11 – Senegal
  13. John Castleton – 6-11 – Florida
  14. Roko Prkacin – 6-9 – Croatia
  15. Keion Brooks – 6-8 – Washington
  16. Drew Timme – 6-10 – Gonzaga
  17. Pete Nance – 6-10 – Northwestern
  18. Leonardo Okeke – 6-9 – Italy
  19. Anton Watson – 6-9 – Gonzaga 
  20. Jacob Toppin – 6-7 – Kentucky
  21. Toumani Camara – 6-8 – Dayton