The Lakers aren’t done with the draft. While DeAndre Kane and LaQuinton Ross weren’t drafted last night, they are great NCAA players worth giving a shot.
DeAndre Kane is a 6’4″ 200lb. point guard from Iowa State. He excels at uptempo play and loves to grab defensive boards, keep defenses on their heels, and force the issue in transition. He’s an average shooter from midrange, but carries great strength, length, and long strides to the hoop, where he can power over smaller point guards. He keeps defenses honest by shooting about 40% at the NCAA 3-point arc. While he has better overall statistics than Jordan Clarkson, he’s also a 25-year old senior.
LaQuinton Ross is a 6’7″ small forward with a 7′ wingspan. He’s known as a mid-range shooter and was the top scorer for Ohio State. While he’s an average athlete at best, he found ways to be a productive scorer, using the perimeter game to open up lanes in the paint. He lacks some focus on defense and needs to compensate any lack of strength or lateral quickness with elite NBA length.