Meet Spurs rookie Jeremy Sochan, who was the most ‘versatile’ and ‘disruptive’ prospect in the NBA Draft

Baylor’s Jeremy Sochan wasn’t expected to “one-and-done” while in college, but he emerged from his freshman season as a projected lottery pick.

Sochan, who just turned 19 years old last month, already has experience as the youngest player to ever play for the Polish national team. He is listed at 6-foot-9 with a reported 7-foot wingspan, and after winning Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year, he projects as an impactful defensive prospect who may make an immediate impact.

His assignments shot just 19-for-84 (22.6%) when Sochan was the nearest defender on their jumpers, per Synergy. Opponents also shot 13.4% worse from the midrange when Sochan was on the floor relative to when he was not, according to CBB Analytics.

Although his game on offense is less polished, he still has a lot of promise. He is an above-average passer for his position and he managed to shoot 75% at the rim, and he was particularly efficient when cutting to the basket.

Sochan was a low-usage player on offense who mostly finished as a spot-up shooter on the perimeter, and his jump shot could still use some work. While his low free-throw percentage was a cause for concern, scouts are encouraged by his mechanics, and he was effective from the top of the key and midrange, especially near the baseline.

The freshman has brought his colorful hair and personality to the pre-draft process. He told us that he plans to “bring positive energy” to whatever team selects him in the draft and based on what we have seen thus far, that should come naturally to him.

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To see for yourself, you can watch our full interview with Sochan:

This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.

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Source:: ForTheWin

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