Yuta Watanabe

Height: 6-8

Weight: 196

College: George Washington

Classification: Senior

Birthdate: 10/13/1994

2018 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 92

Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round to Undrafted

Pros:

Adequate shooter, especially from the mid-range

Adequate scorer off the dribble

Excels at scoring on the move

Good free throw shooter

Decent playmaker

Decent defensive player

Good shot blocker for his size

Better than advertised athlete

Versatile player that can play multiple positions

Cons:

Streaky shooter

Lacks an elite first step off the dribble

May struggle to guard quicker players

Not an elite athlete

May need to add strength

Old for a draft prospect, may have limited upside

Relative late bloomer

Relative unknown commodity

Summary:

Yuta Watanabe is a tall, skilled swingman that could project into a 3 and D type of player in the NBA.  Born from Japan, he had a solid senior season as he averaged roughly 16 points per game this year and was the Atlantic-10’s Defensive Player of the Year.  With his skill set, he could be a potential second round pick in 2018.​

Links:

DraftExpress Profile

RealGM Profile

NBADraft.Net Profile

ESPN Ranks Watanabe Among In Their Top 100 Prospects List

NBA.com’s Article on Watanabe

Games Scouted:

3/3/18 George Washington vs. Dayton