Scout: Leonard ‘The sleeper of the draft’
He’s (Meyers Leonard) the opposite of (Andre) Drummond, in that he was projected as a late first-round pick last summer and has moved up the draft chart as other big men were eliminated from NBA draft boards. Like Drummond, he has been discounted because his school had a lackluster season (17-15) and coaching issues (Bruce Weber was fired). But one NBA draft scout tagged him as “the sleeper of the draft,” perhaps in more ways than one.
The first, of course, being that he hasn’t received anywhere near the attention of nearly a half-dozen other draft-eligible post players. The second is that Leonard seems to be dozing on his own potential. His offensive arsenal is far better than Drummond’s, and he plays harder.
“He’s a guy who has all the tools and a good upside, but I don’t even think he sees himself that way,” the scout said. “He’s going to have to get his feet wet and then he’ll realize, ‘I can play with these guys.’ He has a low-post and a face-up game and I believe he can pass out of double teams once he develops enough to command them.”