Arnett Moultrie Under The Radar
We didn't think we would be calling a first-team All-SEC player an under the radar prospect, yet here we are. Had Kentucky's Anthony Davis not been some dominant this year and/or Mississippi State not collapsed down the stretch, the 6'11" junior forward, Arnett Moultrie, could have stolen a few votes in the conference Player of the Year race.
Now, Moultrie will not contend with Davis for jockeying in the 2012 NBA Draft, but he should be moving up in Davis' direction with a closer look at his production and film. At 6'11" and about 250 pounds, the former UTEP-transfer has excellent size for a power forward; he will certainly impress front offices in his workouts as he demonstrates explosive athleticism, unusual quickness for a player of his size and the skill set to play both inside and out. Perhaps he does spend too much time on the perimeter, but with teammate Renardo Sidney clogging up the paint, Moultrie showed off a smooth stroke with NBA 3-point range as well as an advanced handle.
What Moultrie showed in his one season with the Bulldogs that he never exhibited in his two seasons at UTEP was a sense of urgency and aggressiveness, especially on the offensive end. He utilized more possessions, attempted a higher percentage of his team's shots and had a ridiculous 60.9 true shooting percentage. He nearly doubled his previous career-high of free-throws attempted, attacking the rim off the bounce and off of second-chance opportunities. He utilized his length, quickness and explosive bounce to collect 3.7 offensive boards per game, 15th best in the country this last season.
Right now, he's tentatively being looked at near the end of the first-round. But when scouts get a closer look at his length, tremendous athleticism and ability to score inside-and-out, he should be given serious consideration at the end of the lottery-mid-first round.
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