Pre-Draft Stats

PTS REB AST STL BLK FG% 3P% FT% EFG% PER
20.1 11.3 1.1 0.5 2.5 56.3 36.5 70.7 58.5 30.7
Sales Pitch
One of the most productive players in the draft class, who can take a big step forward if his outside shooting develops.
Background
It's hard to ignore when a big man in the college ranks puts up ultra-productive numbers and that's just what Minnesota sophomore Daniel Oturu did for the Gophers this year. After an impressive freshman year, in which Oturu averaged 10.8 points and 7.0 rebounds for the Gophers, some thought there was a chance that Oturu could declare for the 2019 NBA Draft. It was the right call for Oturu to return for his sophomore campaign that saw a spike in his production across the board. Oturu is a bit of an old-school presence on the offensive side of the ball, so his fit will be an important storyline to monitor throughout the draft.
Pro Comparison
Clint Capela type of impact
Positives

INSIDE SCORING

  • Does a good job of creating positioning and sealing angles when in the post. Shows good footwork and utilizes spin moves, drop steps, and counters when backing down defenders. Soft hands and can bring in difficult passes when needed. Looks to be a nice asset in the P&R game. 

RIM PROTECTION

  • Great combination of agility, athleticism, and length. Stands at 6'10" with a reported 7'2" wingspan. Shows great anticipation to get shot at it's highest point. Ranked in the 87th percentile (via Synergy) in overall defense. Opponents posted a 33.3 FG% around the rim against Oturu. 

REBOUNDING

  • Active battler on the glass. Shows a desire and great effort when competing for the boards. Frame and explosiveness project him to become a factor on the glass early in his career.
Negatives

ROLE

  • Doesn't offer a wide range of versatility yet on the offensive side of the ball. Spent the majority of his time playing out of the post at Minnesota. Will need to adjust to an NBA role that might not feed him as a primary option offensively. 

TURNOVER PRONE

  • Doesn't look comfortable yet as a passer out of the post. Vision is lacking. Seems a bit hesitant to try and create off of the dribble and his ball-handling needs to improve. 
Overall
In a draft in which the big market offers such a variety of skill sets, Minnesota Gophers sophomore big man Daniel Oturu offers rim protection and intensity on the boards. Oturu enjoyed an incredibly productive season for the Gophers this year, averaging 20.1 points per game along with 11.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. While he still needs to develop a number of skill sets on the offensive side of the ball, there's no denying the impressive production from the 20-year-old.
Birthplace

Brooklyn, NY
United States

Draft Selection
33
Contract