Updated 7/31/21. Written by Alan Lu.
2021 rankings were finalized on 7/29/21.
College: Loyola (MD)
Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round to Undrafted
2021 NBA Draft: Round 1, Pick 30 by the Utah Jazz
(Rights traded to the Memphis Grizzlies)
Solid low post scorer
Adequate shooter, has stretch big potential
Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Decent shot blocker
Needs to improve his free throw shooting
Can be quite turnover prone
Struggles to defend out on the perimeter
Very limited experience against top competition
Only an average athlete
Hailing from Spain, Santiago Aldama is a stat-stuffing big man that has averaged roughly 21 points, 10 rebounds, and almost 2 blocks per game at Loyola (MD) this season as a sophomore. He’s also made 51% from the field, and has made 37% of his three-pointers in 17 games that he’s played in this season.
On the downside, he plays in relative obscurity at a small D1 school, and he hasn’t faced elite competition very often. Aldama has drawn some draft buzz recently, and he is a skilled big man that currently projects to be a second round prospect for the 2021 draft.
ESPN Draft Profile
YouTube’s Highlights of the 2/14/21 Loyola (MD)-Lafayette game via Loyola Greyhounds
YouTube’s Highlights of the 3/14/21 Loyola (MD)-Colgate Game via Matthew Loves Ball
3/14/21 Loyola (MD) vs. Colgate
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