Who is Precious
Most people know the name Precious Achiuwa. Achiuwa is a basketball phenom born in Nigeria who boasted a five star recruiting ranking in high school. He is also a top prospect who is working on his 2020 NBA draft stock. In his senior season he led Monteverde Academy to the national semi finals, while also finishing his season as a Mcdonald’s All American. He came here as the Robin to James Wiseman’s batman, hoping to play beside the number one player in the nation.
As we all know it just wouldn’t work out that way, but what if I told you that was the best thing to happen to Precious Achiuwa and his draft stock. Precious went from being second best to the star of the team, becoming the offensive and defensive go to guy. While Memphis has had a up and down season he has shown that whoever takes a chance on him won’t regret it. With three games left in the season Precious is averaging 15-10-1. That makes him the only freshman in college basketball averaging a double double.
Just the other night against SMU he had 17 and 7 in only 19 minutes. Saying after that the refs saved them because he was going for 30. In a Memphis loss that saw Precious barely get any minutes you could visibly see the impact that Precious has when on the court. At 6 FT 9′ and 225 pounds he is a force to be reckoned with on the glass that most teams don’t seem to have an answer for. He is defensively versatile and can guard any position 2-4, he has 49 blocks on the season and is averaging 2 per game. Showing how defensively stout he is.
Where Does He Fall in the Draft?
Most NBA Draft boards have Achiuwa going anywhere between 9-14. The teams that are looking at Precious the hardest would be Phoenix at 11, Pelicans at 12, and the Spurs at 13. The place I think he would be the best fit at would be the Phoenix Suns. They have a great young core and are just looking for the last pieces to be a playoff contender. They have an all star shooting guard who can take over a game and a big in Deandre Ayton that has slowly put together some great games over the second half of the season. Add in a big physical wing like Precious Achiuwa coming off the bench. And Phoenix may just start to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Precious Achiuwa is certainly quite the talent, who will prove to be an instant help to whatever NBA team he is drafted by. Achiuwa if he goes in the first round will be the highest drafted Tiger since Tyreke Evans went fourth in 2009. He would also be the first Tiger drafted since Will Barton in 2012. No matter where Precious Achiuwa ends up he will certainly be a great addition. He is a versatile wing that has the ceiling to be a stretch four in the NBA today. His 2020 NBA draft stock is at an all time high and he is destined to go top 15. Our Tiger has played his heart out for us. And I for one am hoping for a long illustrious NBA career for him.
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