|Soph.||6’8″ 225||Small Forward||Louisville||DOB: 9/9/98|
|17 ppg||7.6 rpg||1.3 apg||FG: 44.6%||3 PT: 37.4%|
NBA Comparison: Tobias Harris
Strengths: Shot Creation, Range, Rebounding, Athleticism
Weaknesses: Speed/Quickness, Consistency, Passing Ability
After a freshman season where he only played 12 minutes per game, Nwora earn the starting spot early in his second year and became the best player for Louisville the rest of the way averaging 17 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. He can create a shot off the of dribble with ease using step backs and crossovers as well as being able to drive by a defender to get to the basket at the college level. Once he got by a defender there were plenty of highlight dunks, showing off solid athleticism for a player his size. Nwora will be able to be effective on the fast break from day one, slipping out for open three pointers as well as leading the break. His outside shooting numbers show potential after 37.4% as a sophomore, and his shot mechanics do not show any flaws so that number should improve. On those three point attempts he was able to knock many of them down from a deep distance, which bodes well for the longer distance of the NBA three point line. His offensive game as a whole translates well to the next level, and teams are intrigued with his potential going forward.
He is not the fastest or quickest player on the floor, but he was able to find a way to be effective and use his vertical ability to finish at the rim with defenders contesting. You also have to take into account his 6’8″ 225 frame, which overall means that his athleticism is solid and he shouldn’t have a problem fitting in athletically as a professional. Nwora did struggle to be consistent over the entire season, and although the fact it was his first season receiving significant minutes will be taken into account, he had too many up and down points throughout the year. It should also be noted that Louisville was playing in the ACC, which is arguably the best conference in college basketball making his numbers more impressive. He can become a better passer with coaching, and he will need to set up more teammates with the level of ball movement for most teams in the NBA.
These two plays show his ability to turn defense into offense:
Here is a dunk he threw down as a freshman:
Nwora is viewed as a potential late first to mid second round pick. There is a possibility that he returns to school, but after going through the pre-draft process we expect teams to give him positive feedback on his projection. His ceiling as a professional is a starter level wing putting up above average offensive numbers and solid defense receiving significant minutes. The worst case scenario for Nwora is that he is unable to become an efficient outside shooter at the pro level and struggles on defense with the increased talent in the league, leading to a in a limited role coming off of the bench.