Hunter Maldonado

Updated on 6/27/22.  Written by Alan Lu.

Height: 6-7
Weight: 203
College: Wyoming
Classification: Sixth-Year Senior
Birthdate: 3/24/1999

Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round to Undrafted

Pros:

Can post up smaller players
Decent playmaker
Solid rebounder for his size
Has solid strength

Cons:

Needs to improve his shooting
Lacks an elite first step off the dribble
Can play too wildly on offense, is turnover prone
Struggles to guard quicker players
Only an average athlete
Struggles against length and athleticism

Summary:

Hunter Maldonado had a solid senior season for Wyoming this year.  He helped lead them to the 2022 NCAA Tournament, and he is a tall playmaker that has racked up plenty of points, rebounds, and assists for his team.  However, he’s been very turnover prone in big games, and he’s really struggled to consistently create his own shot in non-post-up possessions.  He’s also not a very good outside shooter, and he’s made below 30% of his three-pointers over the course of his collegiate career.

He’s an old school, throwback style of player that relies on posting up to make plays on offense, but it’s rare for NBA teams to run post-up plays for guards nowadays, and he hasn’t shown that he can match up against quicker, more athletic opponents on a consistent basis.  There are major concerns about his jump shot and average athleticism, and it may be likely that his game may not be suited for today’s modern NBA, but his ability to play multiple positions could enable him to earn long looks from NBA teams in the 2023 draft.

Links:
RealGM Profile
NBADraft.Net Profile
Wyoming’s Basketball Bio

Games Scouted:
2/23/22 Wyoming vs. Colorado State
3/15/22 Wyoming vs. Indiana

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