In this year's NBA draft, there will be many teams needing a PF/C. There could be a potential steal in the NBA draft if a team were to select PF/C Colton Iverson of Colorado State. Iverson has the maturity to lead his team, as a Senior, from a pre-season unknown to a stint in the top 25 and NCAA tournament birth.
(stats are measurements are from ESPN)
NAME: Colton Iverson
SCHOOL: Colorado State
VITALS: 7'0, 255 lbs.
AVERAGES: 14.2 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 1.3 APG, 59% FT, 2.6 PF, 2.0 TPG
Iverson is a beast in the paint and a rebounding threat while on the defensive end. His 7-foot, 255-pound frame allows him to get in the paint and muscle out those around him, this should be attractive as his size is ideal for those who play his position in the NBA. Iverson will occasionally take long-range two-point jumpers, but has never attempted a 3-point shot in his entire career. This lack of outside ability could hurt him in the upcoming draft. His low 59 percent free throw percentage could also harm him as well.
Comprared to other PF/C in the draft, like Nerlens Noel, Cody Zeller, Mike Muscala, Kenny Kadji and Trevor Mbakwe, he stacks up fairly well. He is bigger than all those players -- both Zeller and Iverson are 7 foot, but Iverson weighs 15 more pounds -- Iverson is more of a scoring threat except for Zeller (16.5 PPG) and Muscala (18.7). Plus, he can rebound, albeit is slightly behind Muscala (11.1 RBP). He averages more fouls than all of those players (2.6 per game), has a dramatically lower free throw percentage (expect for Noel (52.9 percent) and lacks the ability to block shots (0.7 BPG).
Not many have Colton being drafted at all but some like Draft Express, NBA Draft.net and CBS have him going 34th, 52nd and 54th overall respectively. The consensus seems to be mid to late second round overall. His stats may be a little askew, playing in the MWC, although he did have to play against the likes of NBA hopefuls like Tony Snell, Jamaal Franklin and Anthony Bennett.
Projection: late second round.