LSU's O'Bryant expects to go in the second round

jkjones@sunherald.com Twitter:June 25, 2014 

LSU forward Johnny O'Bryant is considered a second-round pick in today's NBA Draft.

The Cleveland, Miss., native averaged 15 points and eight rebounds a game during his fourth year with the Tigers, but has a few things going against him.

Second-round picks rarely make NBA rosters and their contracts aren't guaranteed. Teams also usually draft foreign players, keeping them overseas as they develop into future NBA starters.

Teams that could take a chance on O'Bryant in the second round include the Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets and Charlotte Hornets.

The 6-foot-9 O'Bryant worked out for 16 NBA teams during pre-draft workouts, including the Detroit Pistons and New Jersey Nets. An NBA scout told TNT's David Aldridge that O'Bryant has the talent to make an NBA roster.

"He could be a better pro than a college player," the scout said. "The spacing of the floor at the NBA level is really going to benefit him ... he's got a lot of low-post moves.

"The crowding of the lane in college made it difficult to show what he could do. He's going to really benefit from a spaced floor at the NBA level. He can face 12 to 15 feet right now. He's going to have to get a little better from a face-up standpoint.

"But when he's guarded one on one, he's shown he can be dominant at the college level."

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