Updated on 4/13/22. Written by Alan Lu.
Classification: Sixth-Year Senior
Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round to Undrafted
Decent scorer off the dribble
Can post up smaller players
Solid rebounder for his size
Above average athlete
Lacks an elite first step off the dribble
Can play too wildly on offense, is turnover prone
Struggles to guard quicker players
Not an elite athlete
Can struggle against length and athleticism
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 some concerns about his jump shot and less than ideal athletic gifts, but his ability to play multiple positions could enable him to earn long looks from NBA teams in the 2023 draft.
Wyoming’s Basketball Bio
2/23/22 Wyoming vs. Colorado State
3/15/22 Wyoming vs. Indiana
4/13/23 Day 1 of the 2023 PIT
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