Brandin Podziemski is a 6’5 guard out of Santa Clara that has been flying up the mock draft boards in recent weeks. He was originally at the University of Illinois where he barely logged any playing time, before transfering to Santa Clara. While there, he secured his starting spot almost immediately, and averaged just shy of 20 points and nine rebounds per game in his lone season.
He shot over 50% from inside the arc, and his shooting splits were made, .483/.438/.771. He needs to improve his free-throw shot a bit, and he’s an inch or two shorter than you’d like for a small-forward but you’re not going to hassle over a few inches if you find a guy who can actually come in and fill a need, are you? He’s certaily a player the Cleveland Cavaliers should try and snatch.
What’s even more promising, is the coaching staff at Santa Clara is developing a reputation for creating ready-made NBA prospects, as just before Podziemski arrived, the college sent off Jalen Williams of the Oklahoma City Thunder to have a near Rookie of the Year season.
If Podziemski is any bit as good as Williams, and took the coaching tips from the staff to heart and really paid attention to what was being taught, it’s very possible that this Santa Clara product could make a huge impact for whoever gets him.
The only problem for the Cavs is that he may be off the board by the time they pick, but if he’s not, the Cavs should jump on him.