Malik Pope

Height: 6-10

Weight: 215

College: San Diego State

Classification: Senior

Birthdate: 7/25/1996

2018 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 80

Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round to Undrafted

Pros:

Solid finisher around the basket

Excels at scoring on the move

Adequate scorer off the dribble

Decent shooter from all over the floor

Decent low post scorer

Decent playmaker that handles the ball well

Adequate rebounder

Adequate defensive player

Adequate shot blocker

Excellent athlete

​Cons:

Streaky shooter

May need to tweak his shooting mechanics

Can struggle to score in traffic

Does not draw enough free throws

Does not always commit himself to the boards

Can be too inconsistent in games

Must get stronger

Questionable motor

Did not play enough in his first two years of college basketball

Has had multiple leg injuries​

Summary:

Malik Pope is an athletic combination forward that may be able to play all three frontcourt positions.​

He is a player that possesses promising inside-outside scoring skills.  Pope can attack the basket to garner scores in the paint, and his size and shooting ability allows him to shoot over the top of most defenders.​

Also, he is a very good shot blocker that has the ability to protect the paint for his team.  But Pope was very streaky with his jump shot last year, and has not played as much as anticipated, which may have hurt his draft stock a little bit.​

He was once considered a potential first round prospect, and he had some really good games this year to show off his skills, but he has put forth relatively underwhelming production throughout his collegiate career.  It may be tough for NBA scouts and teams to reconcile his vast talent level with his overall lack of productivity in college, but Pope has an intriguing skill set that may allow him to excel as a role player in the NBA, as that could enable him to get picked in the second round this year.

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