By Zachary Padmore
Tulane’s vigorous Melvin Frazier drastically improved his stock during the 2017-18 season and would be an interesting fit for the Utah Jazz at No. 21 in the upcoming NBA Draft.
You can make the case that no one helped themselves more at the NBA Draft Combine then Melvin Frazier did. He flew up and down the court during the 5-on-5 scrimmages, being the pesky defender and energy guy that he was at Tulane.
Frazier, the 21-year-old who played three years with Tulane, is now viewed as a late first round/early second round pick. His Draft Combine measurements were ridiculous, and certainly caught the eye of many people.
He measured in at 6-foot-6 in shoes, with a 7-foot-1 wingspan and 8-foot-9 standing reach. That length is part of what makes him such a good defensive player.
His defense is absolutely NBA-ready, and he is an insanely good athlete. Frazier also shot 38 percent from three-point land this season, which was a 12 percent improvement from his sophomore year. However, his shooting still needs some work and consistency.
Offensively, he has room for improvement. He has shown his ability to slash and finish in the paint. With that athleticism and speed going to the basket, he should be able to draw fouls and get to the free-throw...