Wednesday, February 26, 2014

CBB to NBA Player Comparisons: Casey Prather

Casey Prather might be the most humble, hard-working player in all of college basketball this year, not to mention that he is an extremely talented player at the small forward position.  These characteristics alone suggest to me that Prather is very similar to Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard.  Neither Prather nor Leonard make any noise off the court, with press conferences that are so perfectly unexciting due to their quiet natures.  However, on the court, the story is different, as both players are game changers on offense and defense.  In terms of offense, both rely on their incredible slashing ability to put points up on the board, but they are also no stranger to knocking down outside shots. Defensively, they are extremely hard workers and have very quick hands, which leads to tons of fast break points. Coming out of college, Leonard was drafted with the 15th overall pick, with the expectation being that he would develop into a solid role player.  Leonard has far surpassed that mark, and is now perhaps the most important player on the Spurs.  Likewise, last year for the Gators, Casey Prather averaged just 6.2 points per game and 3.7 rebounds per game, but this season he has emerged as the star player for a talented Florida team, averaging 14.8 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game.  These drastic improvements in Leonard and Prather's game speak to their unrivaled work ethic and dedication.  Any team that takes a chance on Prather will certainly be getting a hard worker who could eventually develop into a star.

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