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Anthony Black is another one-and-done player who is ready to go pro after only one year of playing college basketball. The Arkansas Razorback guard is one of the best-ranked players in his position and will probably be a lottery pick at the 2023 NBA Draft.
Anthony Black Draft Profile
Anthony Black Age: 19
Anthony Black Birth Date: January 20, 2004
Anthony Black Home Town: Las Colinas, Texas
Anthony Black High School: Duncanville, Texas
Anthony Black Height: 6-7 (201cm)
Anthony Black Weight: 198 lbs (90kg)
Anthony Black Wingspan: 6-9 (209cm)
Anthony Black College: University of Arkansas
Anthony Black Stats 2022-23: 34.8 minutes, 12.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 45.3 FG%, 30.1 3PT%
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Anthony Black was a consensus 5-star recruit, as well as a Mcdonald’s All-American. He possesses an elite body frame for a modern NBA guard. He is 6-7 and able to cover both front-court spots. He has shown leadership skills in his freshman year at Arkansas and played more than 34 minutes per game. Black is the type of player that relies more on his basketball skills and knowledge than on pure athleticism. He can be a great facilitator and, if he gets enough playing time, may become an elite point guard in the NBA very soon.
Anthony Black Strengths
What makes Black an outstanding prospect is the maturity in his game at the age of 19. He has a pass-first mentality and, at the same time, knows how to recognize situations where he needs to attack the rim. He is quite tall as a point guard, and that is actually what the NBA teams need today. Black has a high basketball IQ and is coachable, which makes him a real choice for any team in the top 10 of the draft. In his lone season at Arkansas, Black showed that he knows how to take advantage when he plays against smaller guards, and he can also finish strong in transition.
Anthony Black Weaknesses
The one thing that is pointed out as Black’s weakness is his jump shot, as he doesn’t jump much when he shoots. He is not a natural scorer, and that is what many teams seek from a point guard in the NBA. He was among the point guards with the most turnovers per game last season, and that is another part of the game he needs to work on. Black is still not on the athleticism level demanded by the NBA, but he definitely can make a huge improvement on that part.
Anthony Black Projection
Black will most likely be selected in the bottom half of the lottery. He has the potential to go even higher, but the teams are not really in need of a player of his profile. The Wizards at No. 8 and the Jazz at No. 9 may seriously consider drafting Black. The Wizards have just traded their best player Bradley Beal which opens up space in the roster for another guard. If he ends up in DC, he would have to play minutes and time to develop and become maybe even win the starting point guard position in his rookie year.
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